I. verb Etymology: Middle English yenen, yanen, from Old English ginian; akin to Old High German ginēn to yawn, Latin hiare, Greek chainein Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to open wide ; gape 2. to open the mouth wide and take a deep breath usually as an involuntary reaction to fatigue or boredom transitive verb 1. to utter with a yawn 2. to accomplish with or impel by yawns <
his grandchildren yawned him to bed — L. L. King
II. noun Date: 1602 1. gap, cavity 2. an opening of the mouth wide while taking a deep breath often as an involuntary reaction to fatigue or boredom; also a reaction resembling a yawn <
a…success at the box office but drew only yawns from critics — Current Biography
3. bore V <
this book is kind of a yawn — Ilene L. Cooper

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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