Origin of yawning
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of yawn
Examples from the Web for yawning
Allergies are a common culprit behind daily yawning sessions for the 50 million Americans who suffer from them.10 Reasons You’re Exhausted and What to Do About It|DailyBurn|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“While inhaling, imagine that your throat is opening as if you were yawning,” says Anzovino.5 Healthier Ways to Detox (That Aren’t Juice Cleanses)|DailyBurn|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The insane, obscene, yawning difference between the pay of workers and bosses has long been used as a cudgel by labor groups.The SEC Can’t Make CEOs Care About Their Employees|Daniel Gross|September 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When Hebron makes it to the media the yawning gap between Hebron and Tel Aviv is bridged for a minute or two.Israeli Soldiers Dancing at Hebron Wedding Were Probably Not Welcome Guests|Avner Gvaryahu|August 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Inching towards the opposing positions will never bridge the yawning chasm between them.
A man was leaning against the wall, yawning, at an evening party.Nell, of Shorne Mills|Charles Garvice
She led him back upon the plateau, and, urging him both with whip and voice, she started him again toward the yawning chasm.Led Astray and The Sphinx|Octave Feuillet
"Well, go on getting the jury," said the judge, yawning again and handing the paper to the clerk.By Advice of Counsel|Arthur Train
A few French passengers straggled in, yawning and looking irritable.The Garden Of Allah|Robert Hichens
“So this is Cuba,” observed Joe, yawning and looking at the green jungle, which seemed everywhere about them.Secrets of the Andes|James H. Foster
Word Origin for yawn
"act of yawning," 1690s, from yawn (v.). Meaning "boring thing" is attested from 1889.
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.