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YAWNING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does yawning mean? 

YAWNING (noun)
  The noun YAWNING has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: YAWNING used as a noun is very rare.


YAWNING (adjective)
  The adjective YAWNING has 3 senses:

1. gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something
2. with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness
3. showing lack of attention or boredom

  Familiarity information: YAWNING used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


YAWNING (noun)


Sense 1yawning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

yawn; yawning; oscitance; oscitancy

Context examples:

he could not suppress a yawn / the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop / he apologized for his oscitancy

Hypernyms ("yawning" is a kind of...):

inborn reflex; innate reflex; instinctive reflex; physiological reaction; reflex; unconditioned reflex (an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "yawning"):

pandiculation (yawning and stretching (as when first waking up))


YAWNING (adjective)


Sense 1yawning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something

Context examples:

the yawning mine shaft / a yawning abyss

Similar:

open (affording free passage or access)


Sense 2yawning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness

Context example:

a yawning congregation

Similar:

open; opened (used of mouth or eyes)


Sense 3yawning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing lack of attention or boredom

Synonyms:

oscitant; drowsy; yawning

Context example:

the yawning congregation

Similar:

inattentive (showing a lack of attention or care)


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