The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gape \Gape\ (g[aum]p; in Eng, commonly g[=a]p; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gaped (g[aum]pt or g[=a]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Gaping] [OE. gapen, AS. geapan to open; akin to D. gapen to gape, G. gaffen, Icel. & Sw. gapa, Dan. gabe; cf. Skr. jabh to snap at, open the mouth. Cf. Gaby, Gap.]
To open the mouth wide; as:
Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape.
Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes, And asks if it be time to rise.
Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.
With gaping wonderment had stared aghast.
Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
They have gaped upon me with their mouth.
--Job xvi. 10.
To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.
May that ground gape and swallow me alive!
To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for, after, or at.
The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.
Syn: To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.
vb. (en-past of: gape)