(noun, adjective, verb)


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

- the yawning mine shaft

- a yawning abyss

Similar word(s): open

2. with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness

- a yawning congregation

Similar word(s): open, opened

3. showing lack of attention or boredom

- the yawning congregation

Similar word(s): drowsy, oscitant

Sentences with yawning as an adjective:

- yawning commuters;

- a yawning chasm;


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, yawn

Definition categories: act, reflex


1. present participle of yawn