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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yawn \Yawn\ (y[add]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Yawned; p. pr. & vb. n. Yawning.] [OE. yanien, [yogh]anien, ganien, gonien, AS. g[=a]nian; akin to ginian to yawn, g[imac]nan to yawn, open wide, G. g[aum]hnen to yawn, OHG. gin[=e]n, gein[=o]n, Icel. g[imac]na to yawn, gin the mouth, OSlav. zijati to yawn, L. hiare to gape, yawn; and perhaps to E. begin, cf. Gr. cheia` a hole. [root]47b. Cf. Begin, Gin to begin, Hiatus.] [1913 Webster] 1. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate. "The lazy, yawning drone." --Shak. [1913 Webster] And while above he spends his breath, The yawning audience nod beneath. --Trumbull. [1913 Webster] 2. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything. [1913 Webster] 't is now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings. "One long, yawning gaze." --Landor. [1913 Webster]




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