Gape meaning

gāp, găp
The definition of a gape is a wide opening.

An example of a gape is a large hole in the fence.

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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.

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To open the mouth wide.
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To stare wonderingly or stupidly, often with the mouth open.
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To be or become open or wide.

Holes gaped in the ceiling.

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The act or an instance of gaping.

A scoring move that elicited gapes from her teammates.

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A large opening.

A gape in the sail.

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A fit of yawning.
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To stare with the mouth open, as in wonder or surprise.
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To open or be opened wide, as a chasm.
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A wide gap or opening.
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(zool.) The measure of the widest possible opening of a mouth or beak.
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To open the mouth wide.
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(intransitive) To open the mouth wide, especially involuntarily, as in a yawn, anger, or surprise.
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(intransitive) To stare in wonder.
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(intransitive) To open wide; to display a gap.
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(uncommon) An act of gaping; a yawn.

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(uncountable) A disease in poultry caused by gapeworm in the windpipe, a symptom of which is frequent gaping.
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The width of an opening.
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(zoology) The maximum opening of the mouth (of a bird, fish, etc.) when it is open.
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A disease of birds, especially young domesticated chickens and turkeys, caused by gapeworms and resulting in obstructed breathing.
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To open the mouth wide, as in yawning or from hunger.
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The act of gaping.
  • An open-mouthed stare.
  • A yawn.
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the gapes
  • a disease of young poultry and birds, characterized by gasping and choking and caused by gapeworms
  • a fit of yawning
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the gapes

Origin of gape

  • Middle English gapen from Old Norse gapa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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-.

    From Wiktionary