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Definitions and Synonyms of yawn | Another word for yawn | What is yawn?

Definition 1: an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom - [noun denoting act]

Samples where yawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for yawn in the sense of this definition

(yawn is a kind of ...) an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

(... is a kind of yawn ) yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)

Definition 2: utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired - [verb of body]

Samples where yawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The child yawned during the long performance

(yawn is a kind of ...) draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs

"I can breathe better when the air is clean" "The patient is respiring"

Definition 3: be wide open - [verb of stative]

Samples where yawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the deep gaping canyon

Synonyms for yawn in the sense of this definition

(yawn is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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