[ yaw-nee ]
/ ˈyɔ ni /
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adjective, yawn·i·er, yawn·i·est.
emitting or causing yawns: yawny spectators; a yawny debate.
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Origin of yawny

First recorded in 1795–1805; yawn + -y1

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How to use yawny in a sentence

  • Instinctively with his first yawny return to consciousness he reached back under his pillow for Cornelia's letter.

    Molly Make-Believe|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • But shortly after midnight the giddy revellers begun to thin out and the girl waiters got yawny.

    Torchy As A Pa|Sewell Ford
  • They were all yawny, and some were grumpy, but I had washed my being in the sunrise and felt as blithesome as the day.