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English adjective: yawning

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


SamplesThe yawning mine shaft.
A yawning abyss.


Similaropen


Antonymsclosed

2. yawning with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness


SamplesA yawning congregation.


Similaropen, opened


Antonymsshut, closed

3. yawning showing lack of attention or boredom


SamplesThe yawning congregation.


Synonymsdrowsy, oscitant


Similarinattentive


Antonymsattentive


English noun: yawning

1. yawning (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, yawn


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


Narrower (hyponym)pandiculation









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