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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old Norse
Origin: gapa

gape

verb
     
gape [intransitive]
1 to look at something for a long time, especially with your mouth open, because you are very surprised or shocked [= stare]
gape at
What are all these people gaping at?
2 also gape open to open widely or be wide open:
Dan stood at the door, his shirt gaping open.

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