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Definition gape


Middle English gapen, from Old Norse gapa (“to gape”) (compare Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from Proto-Germanic *gapōną (descendants Middle English geapen, Dutch gapen, German gaffen), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰеh₁p-. Cognates include Russian зяпа (zjapa).


gape (third-person singular simple present gapes, present participle gaping, simple past and past participle gaped)

  1. (intransitive) To open the mouth wide, especially involuntarily, as in a yawn, anger, or surprise.
  2. (intransitive) To stare in wonder.
  3. (intransitive) To open wide; to display a gap.
  4. (intransitive) Of a cat: to open the passage to the vomeronasal organ, analogous to the flehming in other animals.


gape (countable and uncountable, plural gapes)

  1. (uncommon) An act of gaping; a yawn.
  2. A large opening.
  3. (uncountable) A disease in poultry caused by gapeworm in the windpipe, a symptom of which is frequent gaping.
  4. The width of an opening.
  5. (zoology) The maximum opening of the mouth (of a bird, fish, etc.) when it is open.

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