Definition of "yawning" []

  • Gaping open; cavernous: a yawning abyss. (adjective)
  • 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 "yawning" in a sentence
  • "I'm disgusted at how marginalized people are, she added, referring to what she described as the yawning gap between the very rich and everyone else."
  • "Finally, yawning is "contagious" and has a high rate of suggestibility — so choose your company carefully."
  • "Vanya enters, yawning from a nap, the three complain about how all order has been disrupted since the professor and his wife, Yelena, arrived."