noun (used with a singular verb)
- gap phenomenon,
- gap year,
- gapped scale
Origin of gapes
verb (used without object), gaped, gap·ing.
Origin of gape
Examples from the Web for gapes
An epidemic of the gapes, infecting the entire race of local hens, had caused the disappearance of every egg from the market.Alone|Norman Douglas
Well indeed I would be that myself, only the half o' them young chickens goin' off with the gapes.The Turn of the Road|Rutherford Mayne
She went to his chicken yard with him, and prescribed for gapes.Song of the Lark|Willa Cather
Presently he gapes; then his eyes shut, and his beak droops—just a very little.
She pauses to give a shudder at the idea, while Jim gapes blankly at her, wondering whether she has gone off her head.Alas!|Rhoda Broughton
noun (functioning as singular)
Word Origin for gape
early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen "to gape, stare," Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.