Definition of "yawn" []

  • To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom. (verb-intransitive)
  • To open wide; gape: The chasm yawned at our feet. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter wearily, while or as if while yawning: yawned his disapproval of the silly venture. (verb-transitive)
  • The act of yawning. (noun)
  • A fatigued or bored response. (noun)
  • To open the mouth wide and take in air deeply, often as in involuntary reaction to tiredness, sleepiness, or boredom (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To express or utter while yawning (verb)
  • To be open wide as if threatening to engulf (someone or something) (verb)
  • The act or an instance of yawning (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "yawn" in a sentence
  • "Mark Lieberman, the CEO of TRA, a media marketing company, notices what he calls the yawn effect."
  • "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."
  • "As far as her continuing her fight to win ... yawn!"