Deep and wide open: a gaping wound; a gaping hole.
- Present participle of gape.
(comparative more gaping, superlative most gaping)
- Wide open.
- a gaping hole.
Variant of gape
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