Thursday, March 22, 2012


Definition: (from
-verb (used without object)
1. to stare with open mouth, as in wonder
2. to open the mouth wide involuntarily, as the result of hunger, sleepiness, or absorbed attention
3. to open as a gap; split or become open wide
4. a wide opening; gap; breach
5. an act or instance of gaping
6. a stare, as in astonishment or with the mouth wide open
7. a yawn

"All the penguins stood gaping as Eduardo claimed he would be the first penguin to fly."
"There was a gaping sinkhole in the middle of the road! Of course I was late to work!"

Origin: (from
"early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa 'to open the mouth, gape,' common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen 'to gape, stare,' Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). As a noun, from 1530s."

Awkwardness rating: 5

I told you guys I could fly! (

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