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Definition of Yawn


  1. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.
  2. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything.
  3. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment.
  4. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings.
  5. An involuntary act, excited by drowsiness, etc., consisting of a deep and long inspiration following several successive attempts at inspiration, the mouth, fauces, etc., being wide open.
  6. The act of opening wide, or of gaping.
  7. A chasm, mouth, or passageway.

Yawn Quotations

Cherish forever what makes you unique, 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes.
Bette Midler

A yawn is a silent shout.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

For you in the West to hear the phrase 'All men are created equal' is to draw a yawn. For us, it's a miracle. We're starting out at rock bottom, man. But South Africa does have soul.
Athol Fugard

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.

I found it interesting that as people become more technically oriented all over the world, at the same time people are becoming increasingly spiritual. The success of the Da Vinci code - even though it was a great yawn - also showed people's interest in religion.
Barbara Walters
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Yawn Translations

yawn in Danish is gabe
yawn in Dutch is wijd openstaan, gapen
yawn in Finnish is haukotella
yawn in Italian is sbadigliare
yawn in Norwegian is gjesp, gjespe
yawn in Portuguese is bocejo
yawn in Spanish is bostezo, bostezar
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