- 1Stare with one’s mouth open wide, typically in amazement or wonder: they gaped at her as if she were an alienMore example sentences
- Her bluish eyes were wide with shock as her mouth gaped at the sight of me.
- We all gasped putting our hands over our mouths as we gaped at the scene in front of us.
- They gaped at him, their mouths slightly open, then simultaneously bolted for the basement door to the outside.
- 1.1Be or become wide open: [with complement]: a large duffel bag gaped open by her feetMore example sentences
open wide, open up, yawn; part, split
- If you're really lucky a Central Line train will already be standing there waiting with its doors gaping open.
- In spite of widespread statutory reform, legal loopholes gaped wide open at midcentury.
- A huge hole gaped in the roof, and a conservatory was shattered.
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- 1A wide opening or breach: a gape of the jawsMore example sentences
- But through a wide gape in-between the drapes, the Tokyo moon shone in, its light washing over the whole apartment and bathing it in an ivory glow.
- The anterior, probably downwards-orientated, part of shell has a gape from which the foot could probably emerged.
- A wind blew in from the open gape that was my window and I shivered.
- 1.1An open-mouthed stare: she climbed into her sports car to the gapes of passersbyMore example sentences
- His face relaxes, his eyes squint, his jaw drops, and he suddenly becomes the everyman, a guy with an open-mouthed gape trying to figure out the world.
- Devon pulled me down the stairs, getting us a few stares and gapes as ‘the’ Devon was making his entrance without a shirt on.
- The perch has the large eye and wide gape of an active hunter.
- 1.2A widely open mouth or beak: juvenile birds with yellow gapesMore example sentences
- Nestlings give typical begging calls when parents visit their nest, while also raising their heads and widely opening their yellow to deep-orange gapes.
- It also has a tiny beak with a large gape, surrounded by stiff feathers called rictal bristles, which help the bird catch its aerial prey.
- In breeding plumage, yellow gape and chestnut face and neck.
- 1.3 (the gapes) A disease of birds with gaping of the mouth as a symptom, caused by infestation with gapeworm.More example sentences
- One brood was cooped out of doors on the ground and every chick died of the gapes in less than a month.
Middle English: from Old Norse gapa; related to gap.