1. showing lack of attention or boredom

    Synonyms : drowsy, oscitant
    Examples :
    • the yawning congregation
  2. an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom

    Synonyms : oscitance, oscitancy, yawn
    Type Of : inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
    Examples :
    • the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop
  3. gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something

    Examples :
    • the yawning mine shaft
    • a yawning abyss
  4. with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness

    Examples :
    • a yawning congregation