Definition of 'yawn'
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Equality experts also argue that it could help close the yawning pay gap between men and women. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You have to stifle a yawn as you inhale its stultifying atmosphere. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But there is a yawning gap in timing between what he would love to happen tomorrow and what is still the case. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And in that respect there's a yawning gap in average British lives. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The cracks in your relationship are yawning too wide. The Sun (2013)This yawning gulf between their reality and ours is a very modern concern. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You will be able to see where the yawning gaps are up ahead. Life Without Work (1994)That fanned fears that decisive action may be less likely to address the yawning budget deficit. Times, Sunday Times (2010)This yawning chasm between intent and action is because we are busy. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This channel usually remains closed and only opens when you yawn or swallow. The Sun (2009)This generation gap between older and younger men is an increasingly yawning chasm. Times, Sunday Times (2012)And beware anyone caught yawning in the open air. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The resulting democratic deficit is yawning. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Next, you give a huge yawn. The Sun (2008)This explains why on a given Sunday the sermon is a wide yawn for many. Christianity Today (2000)It didn't feel like the terrible yawning gulf that it is now. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The 11-year-old made no effort to stifle a wide yawn as she rocked forward in her chair and stared at the ground. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And slowly, yawning and stretching, the man awoke. The Railway Children (1906)Sad to say, it's hard not to stifle a yawn. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'yawn'
British English: yawn /jɔːn/ VERB
If you yawn, you open your mouth very wide and breathe in more air than usual, often when you are tired or when you are not interested in something.
She yawned, and stretched lazily.
- American English: yawn
- Arabic: يَتَثَاءَبُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: bocejar
- Chinese: 打哈欠
- Croatian: zijevati
- Czech: zívat
- Danish: gabe
- Dutch: gapen
- European Spanish: bostezar
- Finnish: haukotella
- French: bailler
- German: gähnen
- Greek: χασμουριέμαι
- Italian: sbadigliare
- Japanese: あくびをする
- Korean: 하품하다
- Norwegian: gjespe
- Polish: ziewnąć
- European Portuguese: bocejar
- Romanian: a căsca
- Russian: зевать
- Spanish: bostezar
- Swedish: gäspa
- Thai: หาว
- Turkish: esnemek
- Ukrainian: позіхати
- Vietnamese: ngáp
Definition of yawn from the Collins English Dictionary
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