Definition of 'yawn'


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

2. A particularly boring event.

3. Informal One that provokes yawns; a bore.

4. The act of yawning.

5. An involuntary act, excited by drowsiness, etc., consisting of a deep and long inspiration following several successive attempts at inspiration, the mouth, fauces, etc., being wide open.

6. The act of opening wide, or of gaping.

7. rare A chasm, mouth, or passageway.

8. an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom

9. An opening; a chasm.

10. An involuntary opening of the mouth from drowsiness; oscitation. See yawning.

11. The act of gaping or opening wide.

12. To present an opening that appears able to swallow one up, literally or metaphorically:

13. To open the mouth widely and take a long, rather deep breath, often because one is tired and sometimes accompanied by pandiculation.

14. utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired

15. be wide open

16. Toopenthemouthwide.

17. To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom.

18. To open wide; gape.

19. To utter wearily, as while yawning.

20. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning.

21. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment.

22. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything.

23. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.


1. Equality experts also argue that it could help close the yawning pay gap between men and women.

2. You have to stifle a yawn as you inhale its stultifying atmosphere.

3. But there is a yawning gap in timing between what he would love to happen tomorrow and what is still the case.

4. And in that respect there's a yawning gap in average British lives.

5. The cracks in your relationship are yawning too wide.

6. This yawning gulf between their reality and ours is a very modern concern.

7. You will be able to see where the yawning gaps are up ahead.

8. That fanned fears that decisive action may be less likely to address the yawning budget deficit.

9. This yawning chasm between intent and action is because we are busy.

10. This channel usually remains closed and only opens when you yawn or swallow.

11. This generation gap between older and younger men is an increasingly yawning chasm.

12. And beware anyone caught yawning in the open air.

13. The resulting democratic deficit is yawning.

14. Next, you give a huge yawn.

15. This explains why on a given Sunday the sermon is a wide yawn for many.

16. It didn't feel like the terrible yawning gulf that it is now.

17. The 11-year-old made no effort to stifle a wide yawn as she rocked forward in her chair and stared at the ground.

18. And slowly, yawning and stretching, the man awoke.

19. Sad to say, it's hard not to stifle a yawn.

20. Mark Lieberman, the CEO of TRA, a media marketing company, notices what he calls the yawn effect.

21. Yet the meeting has elicited only a collective yawn from the US and even European press despite its agenda is to replace the global dollar standard with a new financial and military defense system.

22. As far as her continuing her fight to win ... yawn!

23. You'd think that type of fiscal irresponsibility would be subject to investigative reporting, but it was greeted with a big yawn from the local media.

24. One person's yawn is another person's chills up and down the spine.

25. But the word yawn is not found in Love's dictionary, and consequently the unlucky husband was forced to rise from his bed preparatory to going forth to perform deeds of valor in obedience to the commands of his mistress.

26. But all that's just so "yawn" - and exceedingly naïve, to believe and act as if that's how presidential campaigns in general, and this one in particular, can be won.

27. Canada Reads chooses a (yawn) winner … (the yawn is for Canada Reads, which is getting a little stale, no?

28. Plz don’t say “yawn” even the word yawn makes me yawn.

29. I know the MSM’s collective yawn is kind of a letdown.

30. ‘Tinara opened her mouth to reply, but she suddenly put a hand to her mouth and yawned.’

31. ‘Alexis felt a compelling need to yawn but as she opened her mouth the arm tightened.’

32. ‘As it hits the back of your mouth or throat try yawning, as this action will open up your throat.’

33. ‘Once the fire was stable, he returned to his spot, yawned deeply, and went to sleep.’

34. ‘Seek yawned, stretching his mouth to an unusually large size and giving a dramatic sigh.’

35. ‘He yawned and inhaled the dusty, musty air that he had become so familiar with over the last five years.’

36. ‘The Chartreux cat stared belligerently at Sam, yawned and began licking a black paw.’

37. ‘Harrieth woke up and rubbed the sleep dust from her eyes, she yawned deeply, throwing her arms out to the side.’

38. ‘He yawns, covering his mouth, and hears the sound of the television playing somewhere in the house.’

39. ‘I blinked my eyes blearily and opened my mouth to yawn, I felt thick and slow.’

40. ‘I opened my mouth to yawn, but before I knew it, I was throwing up on the floor.’

41. ‘Demetre yawned and opened his teary eyes, looking around and spotting Britney still asleep in his arms.’

42. ‘He yawned, Jok opened his mouth to reply but closed it quickly, he knew he was going to shout and he didn't want Kassa to wake up.’

43. ‘I actually have a bit more to share if you haven't already started to yawn in boredom…’

44. ‘He didn't look like he smiled that often, but when he opened his mouth to yawn; a set of pearly white teeth were exposed.’

45. ‘When young people see us, they either start yawning involuntarily or inhale our old people's smell and start retching.’

46. ‘I yawned and opened the door before my roommate knocked it down.’

47. ‘Kurai says ‘I need a drink’ and then he yawns, covering his mouth with one hand.’

48. ‘Come ten o'clock in the evening we've generally begun to stretch and yawn, and by ten thirty the house is quiet except for gentle snoring.’

49. ‘Stretching forth her sleepy limbs she yawns in tiredness.’

50. ‘She would have to pass through great agony to become a part of the great yawning nothingness.’

51. ‘Does one plug on, rounding out characters, filling in the yawning chasms in the plot?’

52. ‘The void between rich and poor is now a yawning chasm and home ownership is but a dream for most young couples.’

53. ‘Every bend takes you higher while your breath is suspended looking at the yawning chasm below.’

54. ‘To be confronted by yawning gaps in the stands will prove an embarrassment and one Africa will not live down.’

55. ‘In fact, it really just underlines the now yawning chasm between the old and new world approaches to wine.’

56. ‘At last we reach the summit, where Alex shrinks back from the yawning chasm.’

57. ‘We teetered on the edge of matchstick viaducts that bridged yawning chasms.’

58. ‘An image of two yawning voids behind amber glass flashed through her mind.’

59. ‘Our once yawning current account deficit is now coming to resemble lockjaw.’

60. ‘When you've reached that great yawning chasm of despair and see no hope at all, then it's time to make that call.’

61. ‘The gap between rich and poor has not only widened over the past twenty years it has become a yawning chasm in some instances.’

62. ‘Getting out to inspect, we discovered a yawning chasm in the middle of the bridge, with two girders going across it.’

63. ‘Wordlessly they walked the last few yards to the yawning chasm in the ground, their little fingers linked once more.’

64. ‘Access is through two yawning front doors, or via rear - seat sliding doors.’

65. ‘The game had been due to start at 3pm but, at that time, there were yawning expanses of empty seats in all four stands.’

66. ‘It matters because it tells us of the yawning chasm between Labour's dreams and what happens when it tries to implement a policy.’

67. ‘Falling stock markets have caused yawning gaps to appear between the assets and liabilities of final salary pension schemes.’

68. ‘Rather, cultivate an aura of benign but almost yawning familiarity (but don't snub her either).’

69. ‘Which just goes to show the difference - nay, the yawning chasm!’

70. ‘Hugh Bradley was in the pool recently and said the two boys had yawns as wide as a hippopotamus' mouth.’

71. ‘I tried not to show my boredom, but my yawns were coming quicker and quicker.’

72. ‘And, since the good jokes don't come until the final third, a lot of yawns will have to be stifled.’

73. ‘The skeletal mouth opened in a wide yawn, a centipede unknown to Anthony sleeping delicately on his tongue.’

74. ‘But we are tired, and Mum mistakes our tiredness and stifled yawns for boredom.’

75. ‘I spent this period of instruction trying to stifle yawns and resisting saying how old-hat this all seemed.’

76. ‘Conner rose and stretched, his lupine muzzle gaping wide in a colossal yawn, the muscles rippling across his broad back.’

77. ‘It's a sad day when 90 minutes of football is all about stifling the yawns.’

78. ‘Evie said, she put her hand over her mouth to stifle a yawn.’

79. ‘The transnational morality set can barely stifle their yawns.’

80. ‘I don't even try to stifle my yawns while at the in-laws house.’

81. ‘She is the most perfect creation in the world, the most innocent bundle of coos and yawns and mumbles, and my heart breaks every time she focuses on my face.’

82. ‘At parties, it was the last thing I wanted to mention, since it was certain to bring yawns and glares of boredom from beer-holding peers.’

83. ‘It's been a couple of weeks since I bought this one, and I'm sure mentioning it will have most people stifling yawns, but that's just tough!’

84. ‘Sadie's heavy eyelids and swallow-the-earth yawns were entirely down to yet another interminable boredom barrage from Mr Brown.’

85. ‘It's striking that the fecklessness of the United Nations and the treachery of the French draw so many yawns from establishment commentators and politicians.’

86. ‘It was an era when politics had passion and party political conventions could be dramatic, world-changing events rather than media-manipulated yawns.’

87. ‘Until now, I would have defied anyone to be able to make a documentary on the Somme that didn't reduce the audience to tears, but they managed not just to leave us with dry eyes, but to replace them with yawns.’

88. ‘Rather than yawns of ‘we're bored’ the students engaged in lively debate with the Minister putting a myriad of questions to her ranging from the EU to the challenges of democracy.’

89. ‘I like to watch late night TV (the only time good programs like 6 Feet Under, ER and arty documentaries are on) and judge my bedtime by the force of gravity and the frequency of my yawns.’

90. ‘How are you going to get big voter turnout when everybody seems to think these elections are a big yawn?’

91. ‘Because the dirty little secret is that most Americans still greet the MLS with a big yawn.’

92. ‘It happened 15 years ago and it's been either a big yawn or a big laugh ever since.’

93. ‘Put frankly, the whole thing was one big yawn which was mitigated only by the fact that it was a beautiful sunny day.’

94. ‘Is Channel 4's new sleep deprivation game show a danger to health or just a big yawn?’

95. ‘People will be looking for the sums and despite the eighty or so people last night, many think that the whole thing is a big yawn.’

96. ‘Whatever it is I find it a relief to know you can be in your 40's and not turn into a boring middleaged yawn.’

97. ‘It's not a big yawn or an exclusive affair, as most people might think.’

98. ‘The horses' reaction to all this was on the order of a yawn - no big deal.’

99. ‘Technologically speaking, the last 100 years of handgun development have been one big yawn.’

100. ‘The Punakawan parts, which had amusing dialog and action, saved the performance from turning into a big yawn.’

101. ‘I hope I'm wrong, but right now the whole issue is just one big yawn.’

102. ‘The sheer Hip-ness of Evolution can feel like a bit of a yawn given the little risk of alienating such a loyal audience by pushing the envelope a touch.’

103. ‘But the comedy is ghastly dull, the choreography fussy and boring - a yawn a minute, I thought sourly.’

104. ‘Anyway, I ended up watching an amateur boxing match, big yawn.’

105. ‘If you are part of the Big Five, XYZ is a just a big yawn.’

106. ‘So pausing only to wonder at this weird form of celebrity inflation, in which the words rise and interest disappears with a popping yawn, here is a final thought.’

107. ‘I heard from a relative of someone serving in Fallujah, who said that all the bases around there take mortar fire so frequently that it has become a big yawn for the troops.’

108. ‘What Ellen MacArthur did is, to my mind, one big yawn.’

109. ‘If like the rest of us you feel this year's Big Brother is a bit * yawn * compared to other years then join with us to keep the rebellious Dubliner in the house.’

110. he could not suppress a yawn

Other users have misspelling yawn as:

1. yan 49.47%

2. yahin 14.74%

3. yahwen 3.16%

4. yanee 2.11%

5. ayawan 1.05%

6. Other 29.47%

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