My greatest fear is that we will find out they are spying on us, and the American public will yawn.
“We want to take this around the world,” Gary says, stifling a yawn.
When it comes to Christian Zionism, the gap between perception and reality continues to yawn wide.
c.1300, yenen, yonen, from Old English ginian, gionian "open the mouth wide, gape," from Proto-Germanic *gin- (cf. Old Norse gina "to yawn," Dutch geeuwen, Old High German ginen, German gähnen "to yawn"), from PIE *ghai- "to yawn, gape" (cf. Old Church Slavonic zijajo "to gape," Lithuanian zioju, Czech zivati "to yawn," Greek khainein, Latin hiare "to yawn, gape," Sanskrit vijihite "to gape, be ajar"). Related: Yawned; yawning.
"act of yawning," 1690s, from yawn (v.). Meaning "boring thing" is attested from 1889.
v. yawned, yawn·ing, yawns
To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom. n.
The act of yawning.
: The kid was yarfing at me, I mean, Pete was whining and complaining about the shift. Kid complained a lot, ma'am (1990s+)