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yawn, yawning, yawned
1. An involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom.
2. Utter a yawn; as from a lack of oxygen or when tired or bored.
3. To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily because of drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom.
4. To open wide; to gape: "The chasm yawned at our feet."
5. To utter wearily, while or as if while yawning: "He yawned his disapproval about plans for the weekend trip."
6. Etymology: Yawn ultimately goes back to the Indo-European base ghei-, ghi-, which also produced Greek khaskein, "gape"; a close relative of English chasm and Latin hiare, "gape, yawn"; source of English hiatus.

Involuntary opening of the mouth, which is often caused by suggestion. Yawning is characterized by breathing first inward, then outward. Repeated yawning is often a sign of drowsiness. It may also sometimes be a sign of depression.

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yawning, awning
yawning (YAW ning) (adjective)
Opening the mouth wide while taking in breath; usually because a person is tired or bored: "The teacher noticed some yawning students during the film presentation."
awning (AW ning) (noun)
A piece of cloth on a frame that sticks out over a door or window and provides shelter from the sun, rain, snow, etc.: "Gordon told Alicia that it's a good thing that we had the awning to block out some of the sun on this hot day."

While Bill's mother was sitting under the awning, she found herself in a yawning condition because the chair was so comfortable and the day was pleasantly warm.

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(Latin: yawning, the act of yawning; to gape [see the definitions for these words below])