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Meaning & Definition of Yawn in English

English

Yawn

/jɔn/

noun

1. An involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth

  • Usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
  • "He could not suppress a yawn"
  • "The yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop"
  • "He apologized for his oscitancy"
    synonym:
  • yawn
  • ,
  • yawning
  • ,
  • oscitance
  • ,
  • oscitancy

verb

1. Utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired

  • "The child yawned during the long performance"
    synonym:
  • yawn

2. Be wide open

  • "The deep gaping canyon"
    synonym:
  • gape
  • ,
  • yawn
  • ,
  • yaw

Examples of using

We yawn when sleepy or bored.
Cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze, or yawn.