open-mouthed

[oh-puhn-mouthd, -moutht]

adjective

having the mouth open.
gaping, as with surprise or astonishment.
greedy, ravenous, or rapacious.
clamoring at the sight of game or prey, as hounds.
vociferous or clamorous.
having a wide mouth, as a pitcher or jar.

Origin of open-mouthed

First recorded in 1525–35
Related formso·pen-mouth·ed·ly [oh-puhn-mou-thid-lee, -moutht-lee] /ˈoʊ pənˈmaʊ ðɪd li, -ˈmaʊθt li/, adverbo·pen-mouth·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for open-mouthed

2. dumbfounded, flabbergasted, confounded, thunderstruck.
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Historical Examples of open-mouthed

  • I thought he must be crazed by over-study, and I could only sit and stare at him, open-mouthed.

  • And off he stumped, leaving Cyrus staring after him, open-mouthed.

  • Frau Matilda now gazed at me with open-mouthed astonishment.

  • He, staring at her open-mouthed, replied that he was going nowhere.

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  • Two fat ladies, open-mouthed, were yawning with satisfaction.

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British Dictionary definitions for open-mouthed

open-mouthed

adjective

having an open mouth, esp in surprise
greedy or ravenous
clamorous or vociferous
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