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Meaning & Definition of Yawning in English

English

Yawning

/jɔnɪŋ/

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

adjective

1. Gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something

  • "The yawning mine shaft"
  • "A yawning abyss"
    synonym:
  • yawning

2. With the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness

  • "A yawning congregation"
    synonym:
  • yawning

3. Showing lack of attention or boredom

  • "The yawning congregation"
    synonym:
  • drowsy
  • ,
  • oscitant
  • ,
  • yawning(a)

Examples of using

Tom is yawning.