1. an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom

    Synonyms : oscitance, oscitancy, yawning
    Type Of : inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
    Examples :
    • he could not suppress a yawn
    • the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop
  2. be wide open

    Synonyms : gape, yaw
    Type Of : be
  3. utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired

    Type Of : take a breath, breathe, respire, suspire
    Examples :
    • The child yawned during the long performance


  1. prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

    Synonyms : hungriness, longing
    Type Of : desire


  1. noisy talk

    Synonyms : cackle, chatter, yack, yakety-yak
    Type Of : talk, talking
  2. talk profusely

    Synonyms : gab
    Type Of : communicate, intercommunicate
    Examples :
    • she was yakking away about her grandchildren
  3. large long-haired wild ox of Tibet often domesticated

    Synonyms : bos grunniens
    Type Of : wild ox, ox


  1. the day immediately before today

    Type Of : twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours, 24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day
    Examples :
    • it was in yesterday's newspapers
  2. the recent past

    Type Of : yesteryear, past, past times
    Examples :
    • yesterday's solutions are not good enough
    • we shared many yesterdays


  1. a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

    Synonyms : thread
    Type Of : cord
  2. the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events

    Synonyms : narration, recital
    Type Of : account, report
  3. tell or spin a yarn

    Type Of : tell, narrate, recite, recount