verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of yawn
Examples from the Web for yawn
My greatest fear is that we will find out they are spying on us, and the American public will yawn.
He would read her his poetry, and she would stretch and yawn like a cat.
When it comes to Christian Zionism, the gap between perception and reality continues to yawn wide.
Most Americans greeted the end of the Iraq War the same way they responded to the beginning of it—with a shrug and a yawn.The List: Accounting for the Iraqi Allies America Left Behind|Matt Gallagher|April 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“We want to take this around the world,” Gary says, stifling a yawn.
"Suppose we go up to the Corner and see what's stirring," suggested the Donkey, with a yawn.
"I knew there was something else," said Mrs. Sheridan, blinking over a yawn.The Turmoil|Booth Tarkington
"Whow, I'm sleepy tonight," laughed Nelly, suppressing a yawn.Peggy Stewart at School|Gabrielle E. Jackson
Hold on, say, I may want to yawn presently and I shall want somebody to shut my mouth.Our American Cousin|Tom Taylor
It was difficult to say whether he was concealing a smile or a yawn.The Truth About Tristrem Varick|Edgar Saltus
Word Origin for yawn
c.1300, yenen, yonen, from Old English ginian, gionian "open the mouth wide, gape," from Proto-Germanic *gin- (cf. Old Norse gina "to yawn," Dutch geeuwen, Old High German ginen, German gähnen "to yawn"), from PIE *ghai- "to yawn, gape" (cf. Old Church Slavonic zijajo "to gape," Lithuanian zioju, Czech zivati "to yawn," Greek khainein, Latin hiare "to yawn, gape," Sanskrit vijihite "to gape, be ajar"). Related: Yawned; yawning.
"act of yawning," 1690s, from yawn (v.). Meaning "boring thing" is attested from 1889.