Yawn Definition

yawned, yawning, yawns
yawned, yawning, yawns
To open the mouth wide, esp. involuntarily, and breathe in deeply, as a result of fatigue, drowsiness, or boredom.
Webster's New World
To express or utter with a yawn.
Webster's New World
To be or become wide open; gape.
A yawning chasm.
Webster's New World

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 be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning.
To yawn for fat livings.
An act of yawning or opening wide.
Webster's New World
One that provokes yawns; a bore.
The movie was nothing more than one big yawn.
American Heritage
A wide opening; chasm.
Webster's New World

The action of yawning; opening the mouth widely and taking a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired.


A particularly boring event.

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

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