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English noun: yawn

1. yawn (act) an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom


SamplesHe could not suppress a yawn.
The yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop.
He apologized for his oscitancy.


Synonymsoscitance, oscitancy, yawning


Broader (hypernym)inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex


Narrower (hyponym)pandiculation


English verb: yawn

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


SamplesThe child yawned during the long performance.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath

2. yawn (stative) be wide open


SamplesThe deep gaping canyon.


Synonymsgape, yaw


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)be









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