(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): oscitance, oscitancy, yawning

Definition categories: act, reflex

Sentences with yawn as a noun:

- The slideshow we sat through was such a yawn. I was glad when it finished.


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

- The child yawned during the long performance

Definition categories: body, breathe, respire, suspire

2. be wide open

Similar word(s): gape, yaw

Definition categories: stative, be

Sentences with yawn as a verb:

- I could see my students yawning, so I knew the lesson was boring them.

- The canyon yawns as it has done for millions of years, and we stand looking, dumbstruck.

- Death yawned before us, and I hit the brakes.

- to yawn for fat livings