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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 of open-mouthed
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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  • Thus a right or estate which is in abeyance is one regarded with open-mouthed expectancy.

  • I thought he must be crazed by over-study, and I could only sit and stare at him, open-mouthed.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • I had not recovered, but stood there open-mouthed and eyed, bereft of speech, until the necessity for action was thrust upon me.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • And off he stumped, leaving Cyrus staring after him, open-mouthed.

  • Colonel Flesher came out of his office, watching the last stage with open-mouthed amazement.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • Frau Matilda now gazed at me with open-mouthed astonishment.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • They continued to stare at him open-mouthed, remaining entirely silent.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
  • He, staring at her open-mouthed, replied that he was going nowhere.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Scud stopped short in open-mouthed pleasure when he saw a couple of brilliant red and blue ties dangling from Betty's hand.

  • Two fat ladies, open-mouthed, were yawning with satisfaction.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
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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