Gaped
Gape Gape (g[aum]p; in Eng, commonly g[=a]p; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gaped} (g[aum]pt or g[=a]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gaping}] [OE. gapen, AS. geapan to open; akin to D. gapen to gape, G. gaffen, Icel. & Sw. gapa, Dan. gabe; cf. Skr. jabh to snap at, open the mouth. Cf. {Gaby}, {Gap}.] 1. To open the mouth wide; as: (a) Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape. --Dryden. (b) Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn. [1913 Webster]

She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes, And asks if it be time to rise. --Swift. [1913 Webster] (c) Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc. [1913 Webster]

With gaping wonderment had stared aghast. --Byron. (d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome. [1913 Webster]

They have gaped upon me with their mouth. --Job xvi. 10. [1913 Webster]

2. To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus. [1913 Webster]

May that ground gape and swallow me alive! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for, after, or at. [1913 Webster]

The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes. --Denham.

Syn: To gaze; stare; yawn. See {Gaze}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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