(third-person singular simple present yawns, present participle yawning, simple past and past participle yawned)
- To open the mouth widely and take a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired and sometimes accompanied by pandiculation.
- I could see my students yawning, so I knew the lesson was boring them.
- To present a wide opening.
- 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 open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment.
- To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning.
- to yawn for fat livings
(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).