Meaning of “yawn” in the English Dictionary

"yawn" in British English

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yawnverb [ I ]

uk /jɔːn/ us /jɑːn/

B1 to open the mouth wide and take a lot of air into the lungs and slowly send it out, usually when tired or bored:

I can't stop yawning - I must be tired.

More examples

  • He yawned loudly in the middle of her speech.
  • I was so tired, I couldn't help yawning.

yawnnoun

uk /jɔːn/ us /jɑːn/

[ C ] an act of yawning:

Her eyes watered as she tried to stifle (= stop) a yawn.
a yawn [ S ] informal

something or someone that is very boring:

The film was a total yawn.

(Definition of “yawn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"yawn" in American English

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yawnverb [ I ]

us /jɔn/

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 ] us /jɔn/

It had been an especially long day, she thought, barely stifling a yawn.

(Definition of “yawn” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)