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)
From Middle English gapen, from Old Norse gapa (“to gape”) (compare Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from Proto-Germanic *gapōną (descendants Middle English geapen, Dutch gapen, German gaffen), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *ghēp-.