[ geyp, gap ]
/ geɪp, gæp /
verb (used without object), gaped, gap·ing.
to stare with open mouth, as in wonder.
to open the mouth wide involuntarily, as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention.
to open as a gap; split or become open wide.
a wide opening; gap; breach.
an act or instance of gaping.
a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open.
Zoology. the width of the open mouth.
Origin of gape
1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gapa to open the mouth wide; compare German gaffen
SYNONYMS FOR gape
1 See gaze.
2, 3 yawn.
OTHER WORDS FROM gapegap·ing·ly, adverb sub·gape, verb (used without object), sub·gaped, sub·gap·ing. un·gap·ing, adjective
Words nearby gape
gap 2, gap junction, gap phenomenon, gap year, gap-toothed, gape, gaper, gapes, gapeseed, gapeworm, gaping
Example sentences from the Web for gape
We want to relate to their humanity rather than gape at their untouchable infallibility.Britney Spears Is the Last of the Pop Goddesses |Kevin Fallon |December 3, 2013 |DAILY BEAST
Gape at the chart that shows the chilling growth in derivatives, just one flavor of “structured product.”Soothsayers of Silicon Valley |Adam Hanft |October 23, 2008 |DAILY BEAST
All he could do was stand on the bell-deck and gape after me like the rest and growl.Careers of Danger and Daring |Cleveland Moffett
"We have been on our feet nearly twenty-four hours, and I think you must be about played out," said the sergeant with a gape.A Lieutenant at Eighteen |Oliver Optic
Bill feeble, gape extending to beneath the posterior angle of the eye.A Synopsis of the Birds of North America |John James Audubon
The very telegraph posts seemed to gape with envy and admiration as he passed.More William |Richmal Crompton
Father Holland and I were too much amazed to do aught but gape from each other to the dark window.Lords of the North |A. C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for gape
/ (ɡeɪp) /
to stare in wonder or amazement, esp with the mouth open
to open the mouth wide, esp involuntarily, as in yawning or hunger
to be or become wide open the crater gaped under his feet
the act of gaping
a wide opening; breach
the width of the widely opened mouth of a vertebrate
a stare or expression of astonishment
See also gapes
Word Origin for gape
C13: from Old Norse gapa; related to Middle Dutch gapen, Danish gabe