gape

[geyp, gap]
verb (used without object), gaped, gaping.
1.
to stare with open mouth, as in wonder.
2.
to open the mouth wide involuntarily, as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention.
3.
to open as a gap; split or become open wide.
noun
4.
a wide opening; gap; breach.
5.
an act or instance of gaping.
6.
a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open.
7.
a yawn.
8.
Zoology. the width of the open mouth.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gapa to open the mouth wide; compare German gaffen

gapingly, adverb
subgape, verb (used without object), subgaped, subgaping.
ungaping, adjective


1. See gaze. 2, 3. yawn.
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gape (ɡeɪp)
 
vb
1.  to stare in wonder or amazement, esp with the mouth open
2.  to open the mouth wide, esp involuntarily, as in yawning or hunger
3.  to be or become wide open: the crater gaped under his feet
 
n
4.  the act of gaping
5.  a wide opening; breach
6.  the width of the widely opened mouth of a vertebrate
7.  a stare or expression of astonishment
 
[C13: from Old Norse gapa; related to Middle Dutch gapen, Danish gabe]

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gape
early 13c., from O.N. gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common W.Gmc. (cf. M.Du. gapen, Ger. gaffen), of unknown origin. Related: Gaped; gaping.
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Example sentences
When that happened, the city's elite gaped in horror.
In the flower's throat, and the flower gaped wide with woe.
Where the wings had been removed, the gashed fuselage gaped.
Other nurses and a resident doctor gathered and gaped.
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