yawn

[yawn]
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to say with a yawn.
Archaic. to open wide, or lay open, as if by yawning.

noun


Nearby words

  1. yawata,
  2. yawey,
  3. yawl,
  4. yawl-rigged,
  5. yawmeter,
  6. yawner,
  7. yawnful,
  8. yawnfully,
  9. yawning,
  10. yawningly

Origin of yawn

before 900; Middle English yanen, yonen (v.), alteration of yenen, Old English ge(o)nian; akin to Old English gānian, ginan, Old Norse gīna, G gähnen, Latin hiāre (see hiatus), Greek chaínein to gape (see chasm)

Can be confusedyawn yon

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British Dictionary definitions for yawn

yawn

verb

(intr) to open the mouth wide and take in air deeply, often as in involuntary reaction to tiredness, sleepiness, or boredom
(tr) to express or utter while yawning
(intr) to be open wide as if threatening to engulf (someone or something)the mine shaft yawned below

noun

the act or an instance of yawning
Derived Formsyawner, nounyawning, adjectiveyawningly, adverb

Word Origin for yawn

Old English gionian; related to Old Saxon ginōn, Old High German ginēn to yawn, Old Norse gjā gap

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Word Origin and History for yawn
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Medicine definitions for yawn

yawn

[yôn]

v.

To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom.

n.

The act of yawning.

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