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open-mouthed

[oh-puh n-mouth d, -moutht] /ˈoʊ pənˈmaʊðd, -ˈmaʊθt/
adjective
1.
having the mouth open.
2.
gaping, as with surprise or astonishment.
3.
greedy, ravenous, or rapacious.
4.
clamoring at the sight of game or prey, as hounds.
5.
vociferous or clamorous.
6.
having a wide mouth, as a pitcher or jar.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35
Related forms
open-mouthedly
[oh-puh n-mou-th id-lee, -moutht-lee] /ˈoʊ pənˈmaʊ ðɪd li, -ˈmaʊθt li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
open-mouthedness, noun
Synonyms
2. dumbfounded, flabbergasted, confounded, thunderstruck.
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Examples for open-mouthed
  • Back on the couches, the other contestants reacted with open-mouthed shock and tears.
  • Her cheeks were rosy, her hair fluffy white, and her smile poised for a big open-mouthed laugh.
  • Either find and cut out or draw a picture of a big-toothed, open-mouthed smile.
  • Even scientific journals often depict bats open-mouthed in what appear to be menacing shrieks.
  • Equipped with a long upper bill or paddle, these fish swim open-mouthed to eat microscopic animals called zooplankton.
  • They catch fish by diving, open-mouthed, from moderate heights.
  • Forms include bowls, cups, and open-mouthed jars with flat bases and curved or angled sides.
  • Our attention is called to a large open-mouthed cave in the face of the cliffs on the south bank of the river, and noticing.
British Dictionary definitions for open-mouthed

open-mouthed

adjective
1.
having an open mouth, esp in surprise
2.
greedy or ravenous
3.
clamorous or vociferous
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