Definition of yawn :
1. A chasm, mouth, or passageway.
2. An involuntary act, excited by drowsiness, etc., consisting of a deep and long inspiration following several successive attempts at inspiration, the mouth, fauces, etc., being wide open.
3. The act of opening wide, or of gaping.
4. To be eager; to desire to swallow anything; to express desire by yawning; as, to yawn for fat livings.
5. To open the mouth involuntarily through drowsiness, dullness, or fatigue; to gape; to oscitate.
6. To open the mouth, or to gape, through surprise or bewilderment.
7. To open wide; to gape, as if to allow the entrance or exit of anything.
- But after supper they were all so tired they could do nothing but yawn until it was late enough to go to bed... - "The Garden Party", Katherine Mansfield.
- " As the King pleases," said Umbelazi, with a yawn, for he was growing weary of listening to the case of Saduko. - "Child of Storm", H. Rider Haggard.
- And here Edna laughed again, and then stifled another yawn; and this time Bessie declared she would not stop a moment longer. - "Our Bessie", Rosa Nouchette Carey.