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Topic: HUMAN

Language: Old English
Origin: geonian

yawn

1 verb
     
yawn1 [intransitive]
1HBH to open your mouth wide and breathe in deeply because you are tired or bored:
Alan stretched and yawned.
2

yawning gap/gulf/chasm (between something)

a very large difference between two groups, things, or people:
the yawning gap between the two parties
the yawning gulf between the rich and the poor
3 literary to be or become wide open, especially in a frightening way:
The pit yawned open in front of them.
yawning gap/hole etc
the yawning gap between the two cliffs
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