An example of yawn is for a crack in the sidewalk to open wider during an earthquake.
An example of yawn is to feel tired during a performance and have your mouth open to deply inhale and then exhale air.
An example of a yawn is a really slow-moving film.
An example of a yawn is what happens with your mouth when you’re expressing that you’re tired.
The chasm yawned at our feet.
Yawned his disapproval of the silly venture.
The movie was nothing more than one big yawn.
A yawning chasm.
The canyon yawns as it has done for millions of years, and we stand looking, dumbstruck.
Death yawned before us, and I hit the brakes.
To yawn for fat livings.
The slideshow we sat through was such a yawn. I was glad when it finished.
Origin of yawn
- Middle English yanen alteration of yonen, yenen from Old English geonian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- (1) Partly from Middle English yanen (“to yawn"), from Old English Ä¡Änian, from Proto-Germanic *ganÅnÄ… (compare North Frisian jÃ¥ne, German gÃ¤hnen, dialectal Swedish gana (“to gape, gawk")), denominative of *ganaz (compare Swedish gan (“gullet, maw"));(2) and partly from Middle English yenen, yonen (“to yawn"), from Old English Ä¡inian, Ä¡ionian, frequentative of Ä¡Ä«nan, from Proto-Germanic *gÄ«nanÄ… (compare Norwegian gina (“to gape")), from Proto-Indo-European *ÇµÊ°ihâ‚-nehâ‚‚ (compare Russian Ð·Ð¸Ð½ÑƒÑ‚ÑŒ (zÃnutÊ¹), Greek Ï‡Î±Î¯Î½Ï‰ (chaÃno));(3) both from *ÇµÊ°ehâ‚‚u- "˜to yawn, gape' (compare Dutch geeuwen, Latin hiÅ, Tocharian A Å›ew, Tocharian B [script?] (kÄyÄ), Lithuanian Å¾ioti, Russian Ð·Ð¸ÑÑ‚ÑŒ (zijÃ¡tÊ¹), Sanskrit à¤µà¤¿à¤œà¤¿à¤¹à¥€à¤¤à¥‡ (vijihÄ«te).