Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
  2. (noun, communication) an expression of openmouthed astonishment
  3. (verb, perception) look with amazement; look stupidly
  4. (verb, stative) be wide open

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Synonyms of Gape

gawk, gawp, goggle, yaw, yawn

Alternate forms of Gape

Derivations: gape

Hyponyms: rictus

Hypernyms: be, facial expression, facial gesture, look, stare

Origin of the word Gape

  1. c.1220, from O.N. gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common W.Gmc. (cf. M.Du. gapen, Ger. gaffen), of unknown origin. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Gape

gaap, gab, gaba, gabby, gaff, gaffe, gap, gas up, gasify, gasp, gavia, gawp, gazebo, gb, gbu-28, geb, ghb, gib, gibe, gip, give, give away, give off, give up

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