1.a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
2.an expression of openmouthed astonishment
1.look with amazement; look stupidly
2.be wide open"the deep gaping canyon"
GapeGape (gäp; in Eng, commonly gāp; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gaped (gäpt or gāpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Gaping] [OE. gapen, AS. geapan to open; akin to D. gapen to gape, G. gaffen, Icel. & Sw. gapa, Dan. gabe; cf. Skr. jabh to snap at, open the mouth. Cf. Gaby, Gap.]
1. To open the mouth wide; as: (a) Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape. Dryden. (b) Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes,
And asks if it be time to rise. Swift.
(c) Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.
With gaping wonderment had stared aghast. Byron.
(d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
They have gaped upon me with their mouth. Job xvi. 10.
2. To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.
May that ground gape and swallow me alive! Shak.
3. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for, after, or at.
The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes. Denham.
Syn. -- To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.
1. The act of gaping; a yawn. Addison.
2. (Zoöl.) The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc.
The gapes. (a) A fit of yawning. (b) A disease of young poultry and other birds, attended with much gaping. It is caused by a parasitic nematode worm (Syngamus trachealis), in the windpipe, which obstructs the breathing. See Gapeworm.
gaze, glance, look, looking, looking at, stare - cast a quick glance at, eye, glance at, have a dekko at, have a look, have a look at, look, look at, look on, pass one's eye over, peep at, take a look at, take a quick glance at, watch[Hyper.]
gesture, motion - cast a quick glance at, eye, glance at, have a dekko at, have a look, have a look at, look, look at, look on, pass one's eye over, peep at, take a look at, take a quick glance at, watch[Hyper.]
gape (v. tr.) [figurative]
gape (v. tr.)
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