Synonyms of yawning


1. yawn, yawning, oscitance, oscitancy, reflex, reflex response, reflex action, instinctive reflex, innate reflex, inborn reflex, unconditioned reflex, physiological reaction

usage: an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom; "he could not suppress a yawn"; "the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop"; "he apologized for his oscitancy"


1. yawn, breathe, take a breath, respire, suspire

usage: utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired; "The child yawned during the long performance"

2. gape, yawn, yaw, be

usage: be wide open; "the deep gaping canyon"


1. yawning, open (vs. closed)

usage: gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something; "the yawning mine shaft"; "a yawning abyss"

2. yawning, open (vs. closed), opened

usage: with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness; "a yawning congregation"

3. drowsy, oscitant, yawning(prenominal), inattentive (vs. attentive)

usage: showing lack of attention or boredom; "the yawning congregation"

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Definition and meaning of yawning (Dictionary)