SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun ( used with a singular verb) . Veterinary Pathology a parasitic disease of poultry and other birds, characterized by frequent gaping due to infestation of the trachea and bronchi with gapeworms. a fit of yawning. Related forms gap·y, adjective verb (used without object), gaped, gap·ing. to stare with open mouth, as in wonder. to open the mouth wide involuntarily, as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention. to open as a gap; split or become open wide. noun a wide opening; gap; breach. an act or instance of gaping. a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open. a yawn. . Zoology the width of the open mouth. Origin of gape 1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gapa to open the mouth wide; compare German gaffen Related forms gap·ing·ly, adverb sub·gape, verb (used without object), sub·gaped, sub·gap·ing. un·gap·ing, adjective
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Related Words for gapes stare
yawn Examples from the Web for gapes Historical Examples of gapes
Run with open eyes into the mouth of that destruction that
gapes to devour thee!
What would you do if they got the
gapes, and no one would feed them chopped onions?
Your scrip, a-swinging by your side,
Gapes with a gaunt mouth hungry-wide.
A clean-cut wound that
gapes wide is most desired by all parties.
She's tender-hearted as a lamb, and'll nuss a chicken with the
gapes for half a day. British Dictionary definitions for gapes noun (functioning as singular) a disease of young domestic fowl, characterized by gaping or gasping for breath and caused by parasitic worms ( gapeworms) informal a fit of yawning Derived Forms gapy, adjective verb (intr) to stare in wonder or amazement, esp with the mouth open to open the mouth wide, esp involuntarily, as in yawning or hunger to be or become wide open the crater gaped under his feet noun the act of gaping a wide opening; breach the width of the widely opened mouth of a vertebrate a stare or expression of astonishment Word Origin for gape
C13: from Old Norse
gapa; related to Middle Dutch gapen, Danish gabe
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Word Origin and History for gapes v.
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.
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