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[ yaw-ning ]


  1. being or standing wide open; gaping:

    the yawning mouth of a cave.

  2. indicating by yawns one's weariness or indifference:

    The lecturer was oblivious to his yawning audience.

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Other Words From

  • yawning·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of yawning1

before 900; Middle English; Old English geniendum. See yawn, -ing 2
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Example Sentences

In lions, contagious yawning might be important for maintaining social cohesion, Palagi says.

I think as time continues, we’ll find that the contagious yawning is more common among some of these highly social species.

Closing the wage gap and addressing yawning economic inequality in America would help people of all races.

Allergies are a common culprit behind daily yawning sessions for the 50 million Americans who suffer from them.

“While inhaling, imagine that your throat is opening as if you were yawning,” says Anzovino.

The insane, obscene, yawning difference between the pay of workers and bosses has long been used as a cudgel by labor groups.

When Hebron makes it to the media the yawning gap between Hebron and Tel Aviv is bridged for a minute or two.

He aimed at the yawning hippopotamus and fired, hitting it on the skull, but at such an angle that the ball glanced off.

On one hand is the yawning gulf of social catastrophe represented by socialism.

He stood up bravely and marched along, yawning, while his big brother and sister almost swung him between them.

The path leading to it is over a small ledge of rock, skirted on each side by a yawning abyss.

It seemed to him as though he were standing on a precipice, while beneath him were yawning depths of darkness.