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Adjective: yawning  yo-ning
  1. Gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something
    "the yawning mine shaft"; "a yawning abyss"
  2. With the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness
    "a yawning congregation"
  3. Showing lack of attention or boredom
    "the yawning congregation";
    - drowsy, oscitant, dopy, dopey
Noun: yawning  yo-ning
  1. An involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
    "the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop";
    - yawn, oscitance, oscitancy, oscitation
Verb: yawn  yon
  1. Utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired
    "The child yawned during the long performance"
  2. Be wide open
    "the deep yawning canyon";
    - gape, yaw

Derived forms: yawnings

See also: inattentive, open, opened

Type of: be, breathe, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, respire, suspire, take a breath, unconditioned reflex

Encyclopedia: Yawning