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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.]

  1. To open the mouth wide; as:

    1. Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape.

    2. Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.

      She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes, And asks if it be time to rise.

    3. Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.

      With gaping wonderment had stared aghast.

    4. Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.

      They have gaped upon me with their mouth.
      --Job xvi. 10.

  2. To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.

    May that ground gape and swallow me alive!

  3. 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)