yawn (v.) Old form(s): yawn'd, yawne
open wide, gape
Cor III.ii.11[Coriolanus to Nobles, of the people] to yawn ... / When one but of my ordinance stood up / To speak of peace or war
H5 IV.vi.14[Exeter to King Henry, of Suffolk] York ... kisses the gashes / That bloodily did yawn upon his face
Ham III.ii.396[Hamlet alone] 'Tis now the very witching time of night, / When churchyards yawn
JC II.ii.18[Calphurnia to Caesar] graves have yawned and yielded up their dead
MA V.iii.19[Balthasar singing] Graves yawn and yield your dead
Oth V.ii.102.1[Othello to himself] th'affrighted globe / Should yawn at alteration
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