- 1[intransitive] gape (at somebody/something) to stare at somebody/something with your mouth open because you are shocked or surprised Isabel gaped at him, horrified. Frank gaped. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
- 2[intransitive] to be or become wide open a gaping hole/mouth/wound A huge chasm gaped before them. gape open He stood yawning, his pyjama jacket gaping open. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse gapa; related to gap.Extra examples The empty cash box lay gaping open in one corner. What are you gaping at? Frank gaped. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
BrE BrE//ɡeɪp//; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gape
BrE BrE//ɡeɪp//; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪp//he / she / it gapes
BrE BrE//ɡeɪps//; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪps//past simple gaped
BrE BrE//ɡeɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪpt//past participle gaped
BrE BrE//ɡeɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪpt//-ing form gaping
BrE BrE//ˈɡeɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡeɪpɪŋ//