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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.



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



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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