gape[gāp; occas. gap]
- The definition of a gape is a wide opening.
An example of a gape is a large hole in the fence.
- Gape is defined as to open the mouth widely, such as to yawn or in surprise.
An example of to gape is to gasp at a horrible sight.
A gaping little girl.
intransitive verbgaped, gaping
- to open the mouth wide, as in yawning or hunger
- to stare with the mouth open, as in wonder or surprise
- to open or be opened wide, as a chasm
Origin of gapeMiddle English gapen ; from Old Norse gapa ; from Indo-European an unverified form ghēp- ; from Indo-European an unverified form ghēp- ; from base an unverified form ghe-, to yawn, gape from source gab, Classical Greek chasma, abyss, Classical Latin hiatus
- the act of gaping; specif.,
- an open-mouthed stare
- a yawn
- a wide gap or opening
- Zool. the measure of the widest possible opening of a mouth or beak
- a disease of young poultry and birds, characterized by gasping and choking and caused by gapeworms
- a fit of yawning
intransitive verbgaped gaped, gap·ing, gapes
- To open the mouth wide.
- To stare wonderingly or stupidly, often with the mouth open. See Synonyms at gaze.
- To be or become open or wide: Holes gaped in the ceiling.
- The act or an instance of gaping: a scoring move that elicited gapes from her teammates.
- A large opening: a gape in the sail.
- a. The mouth, especially when open.b. Zoology The width of the space between the open jaws or mandibles of a vertebrate.
- gapes (used with a sing. verb) A disease of birds, especially young domesticated chickens and turkeys, caused by gapeworms and resulting in obstructed breathing.
- gapes A fit of yawning.
Origin of gapeMiddle English gapen, from Old Norse gapa.
(third-person singular simple present gapes, present participle gaping, simple past and past participle gaped)
(countable and uncountable, plural gapes)