Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “yawn”

See all translations

yawn

verb [I]  /jɔn/ us  
to open the mouth wide and take in and let out a deep breath without conscious effort, usually when you are tired or bored: She yawned, covering her mouth with her hand.
yawn
noun [C]  /jɔn/ us  
It had been an especially long day, she thought, barely stifling a yawn.
Translations of “yawn”
in Korean 하품을 하다…
in Arabic يَتَثاءَب…
in French bâiller…
in Turkish esnemek…
in Italian sbadigliare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 打哈欠…
in Russian зевать…
in Polish ziewać…
in Spanish bostezar…
in Portuguese bocejar…
in German gähnen…
in Catalan badallar…
in Japanese (人)があくびをする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打哈欠…
(Definition of yawn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of yawn?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “yawn” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More