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Below you will find the definition of gape, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - look with amazement; look stupidly
EXAMPLES - Gape in a Sentence
- He wanted to gape in astonishment, but didn't dare. (source)
- They freeze and all turn to gape me at the same time. (source)
- He didn't seem able to move; he could only gape at her. (source)
- I sensed a few people turning heads to gape at each other. (source)
- But the onlookers simply continued to gape at him, smiling. (source)
- Afterward, we could do the boardwalk and gape at the freaks. (source)
- 'Oh great,' I mutter to myself as I gape at the illustration. (source)
- The locksman watched him come, standing gape-jawed and frozen. (source)
- Hope continued to gape at him with a mix of confusion and alarm. (source)
- This hollowed gape was once my hallowed cape, valley, and mountain. (source)
- He continued to gape at her, the paw holding the fork slowly dropping. (source)
- We gape at the opposition party's demands, rather than forming our own. (source)
- - hanya mudah di kalangan user yang sudah 'gape' dengan aplikasi tersebut (source)
- He disliked the greedy gape of the stairs and turned away as he passed it. (source)
- If you want to gape at Tiger for longer than two seconds, go buy the magazine. (source)
- I, poor fool, can only gape at him as he steadily closes the distance between us. (source)
- Minerva smirked at Giles over her shoulder, but all he could do was gape at Maria. (source)
- Dodd popped up from his seat on the other side of the table and leaned over to gape. (source)
- The thylacine nodded and yawned, displaying an astonishing hundred-and-eighty-degree gape. (source)
- For several seconds, she could only gape at the inferno half a block away where her townhouse had stood. (source)
- That morning, even the geniuses who loved to sleep in rolled out of their beds to gape at the procession. (source)
- I gape at my father-in-law, who once told me that he'd forsworn all coarse language after his wife's death. (source)
- Gadhafi shooed away cars filled with residents who stopped Tuesday to gape at the destruction caused by the bombs. (source)
- A: Zippers are popular fasteners because unlike buttons, hooks or snaps, they close up quickly and don't gape open. (source)
- At the last show, Lindsey announced that they were joining Fleetwood Mac, and the audience could only gape, silently. (source)
- The kyren's method of mass feeding was made clear by its mouth-a wide gape lined top and bottom with twin ridges of horn. (source)
- I could only gape; whether it was the drink or admiration or what, I don't know, but I seemed paralysed in every limb but one. (source)
- If you felt rushed while trying to gape at a half-naked Tiger Woods on TV this week, blame photographer-to-the-stars Annie Leibovitz. (source)
- I inquired, but before I could finish, I was being hustled down the stairs between the two men, leaving my aged patient to gape after us in perplexity. (source)
- Celeste held on to the railing with both hands, trying not to gape at the fine art and one-of-a-kind, handcrafted seating that the stairs opened out into. (source)
- And I realized that if this fish could scream it would, but instead all it did was gape, and I released it into back into the river, hurting and silent and probably bound to die. (source)
- And now every man guarding the walls and the gates, every servant that heard the cries of surprise, and every stableboy came running out to gape at the skies like a parcel of fools. (source)
- Even the most seasoned pol has to gape in stunned disbelief that John McCain, the one-time presidential candidate, is willing to give credence to made-up claims about "death panels." (source)
- There she will read to patrons; they will gape with astonishment and accept CDs of her boyfriend reading the first chapter so they can listen as they drive their rigs into the sunset. (source)
- I slowly scanned this sea of nonchalance, this tundra of gape-mouthed, slack-tongued boredom, and recognized it as the place where spontaneity, unabashed fun and unbridled glee went to die. (source)
- Virtually no one was on the Wing at that time of day -- most were at their work assignments -- so I sat alone and stared gape-mouthed at the footage of New Orleans under eight feet of murky brown water. (source)
- Down on hands and knees at the rear of the horse, I could see the lips of the vagina gape slightly with each contraction, but nothing further happened; no sight of tiny hoof or delicate wet nose appeared at the opening. (source)
- After running anti-Obama and anti-health care propaganda 24 hours a day and making the White House as homey as Hell House, you'd think they'd follow up by demonstrating to their gape-mouthed masses just what a crypto commie demon the prez is. (source)
- There is a sports centre to make the Olympians gape, two "royal" villas for the obscenely rich, immense meeting halls and plazas, six restaurants, two golf courses and, literally, dozens of swimming pools because if you pay enough you get your own. (source)
- Barracoon iron hooks like the nails of God tear the ceiling just above your body turned inward to the wall wait the deep curve of your hip and a right arm which is the precision of lines with no color of lines near the edge of a black gape against the wall you finish in a dream (source)
- I could only gape at that wall of horsemen, galloping now, and then back at the two frail, scarlet lines that in a moment must be swept away into bloody rabble with the hooves smashing down on them and the sabres swinging; it was the finish, I knew, and nothing to do but wait trembling for it to happen. (source)
- When it got too bad I would loaf up to the Mall, and gape at the mem-sahibs with their big hats and parasols, driving by, and watch the officers cantering past, flicking their crops as I clumped my big boots and saluted, or squat near the church to listen to them singing "Greenland's Icy Mountains" of a Sunday evening. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 64.0, which suggests that "gape" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 20 synonyms for gape.
beam, bore, eye, eyeball, focus, get a load of, get an eyeful, give the eye, glare, gloat, goggle, look, ogle, peer, rubberneck, size up, stare, take in, wonder, yawp
We have 2 antonyms for gape.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (gāp, găp)
View up to 25 definitions of gape from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To open the mouth wide; yawn.
- (verb-intransitive) To stare wonderingly or stupidly, often with the mouth open. See Synonyms at gaze.
- (verb-intransitive) To open wide: The curtains gaped when the wind blew.
- (noun) The act or an instance of gaping.
- (noun) A large opening.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To open the mouth wide, especially involuntarily, as in a yawn, anger, or surprise.
- (verb) To stare in wonder.
- (verb) To open wide; to display a gap.
- (noun) An act of gaping; a yawn.
- (noun) A large opening.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-intransitive) To open the mouth wide.
- (verb-intransitive) Expressing a desire for food.
- (verb-intransitive) Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
- (verb-intransitive) Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.
- (verb-intransitive) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To open the mouth involuntarily or as the result of weariness, sleepiness, or absorbed attention; yawn.
- (None) According to the inducing cause of the gaping, the verb, without losing its literal meaning, usually takes on an additional specific sense.
- (None) To yawn from sleepiness, weariness, or dullness.
- (None) To open the mouth for food, as young birds.
- (None) Hence — To open the mouth in eager expectation; expect, await, or hope for, with the intent to receive or devour. See phrases below.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) look with amazement; look stupidly
- (verb) be wide open
- (noun) a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
- (noun) an expression of openmouthed astonishment