Definition of yawn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//jɔːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//jɔːn//
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  1. 1  an act of yawning She stifled another yawn and tried hard to look interested.
  2. 2[usually singular] (informal) a boring event, idea, etc. The meeting was one big yawn from start to finish.
  3. Word OriginOld English geonian, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin hiare and Greek khainein. Current noun senses date from the early 18th cent.Extra examples He struggled to stifle a yawn. He tried to conceal his yawn behind his hand. The little boy gave a huge yawn. The speech was greeted with a collective yawn from the press gallery.
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