gape

[ geyp, gap ]
/ geɪp, gæp /
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verb (used without object), gaped, gap·ing.

noun

Origin of gape

1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gapa to open the mouth wide; compare German gaffen
SYNONYMS FOR gape
1 See gaze.
2, 3 yawn.
Related formsgap·ing·ly, adverbsub·gape, verb (used without object), sub·gaped, sub·gap·ing.un·gap·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gaping (1 of 2)

gaping

/ (ˈɡeɪpɪŋ) /

adjective

wide open; extremely widea gaping hole
Derived Formsgapingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for gaping (2 of 2)

gape

/ (ɡeɪp) /

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 openthe crater gaped under his feet

noun

See also gapes

Word Origin for gape

C13: from Old Norse gapa; related to Middle Dutch gapen, Danish gabe
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