gape vs gawk what difference

what is difference between gape and gawk

English

Etymology

Middle English gapen, from Old Norse gapa (to gape) (compare Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from Proto-Germanic *gapōną (descendants Middle English geapen, Dutch gapen, German gaffen), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰеh₁b-. Cognates include Russian зяпа (zjapa).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪp/
  • Rhymes: -eɪp

Verb

gape (third-person singular simple present gapes, present participle gaping, simple past and past participle gaped)

  1. (intransitive) To open the mouth wide, especially involuntarily, as in a yawn, anger, or surprise.
    • 1723, Jonathan Swift, The Journal of a Modern Lady, 1810, Samuel Johnson, The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper, Volume 11, page 467,
      She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes, / And asks if it be time to rise;
  2. (intransitive) To stare in wonder.
  3. (intransitive) To open wide; to display a gap.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Third Part of King Henry VI, Act 1, Scene 1, 1807, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens (editors),The plays of William Shakspeare, Volume X, page 291,
      May that ground gape, and swallow me alive, / Where I shall kneel to him who slew my father!
    • 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book II, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 74:
      “Nor is he deterr’d from the belief of the perpetual flying of the Manucodiata, by the gaping of the feathers of her wings, (which seem thereby less fit to sustain her body) but further makes the narration probable by what he has observed in Kites hovering in the Aire, as he saith, for a whole hour together without any flapping of their wings or changing place.”
    • a. 1699, John Denham, Cato Major, Of Old Age: A Poem, 1710, page 25,
      The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes:
  4. (intransitive, of a cat) To open the passage to the vomeronasal organ, analogous to the flehming in other animals.
  5. (pornography) To depict a dilated anal or vaginal cavity upon penetrative sexual activity.

Translations

Noun

gape (countable and uncountable, plural gapes)

  1. (uncommon) An act of gaping; a yawn.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
  2. A large opening.
  3. (uncountable) A disease in poultry caused by gapeworm in the windpipe, a symptom of which is frequent gaping.
  4. The width of an opening.
  5. (zoology) The maximum opening of the mouth (of a bird, fish, etc.) when it is open.

Derived terms

  • agape

Translations

Anagrams

  • PAGE, Page, page, peag

Dutch

Verb

gape

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of gapen

Anagrams

  • page

Northern Sotho

Adverb

gape

  1. again

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse gapa

Verb

gape (imperative gap, present tense gaper, passive gapes, simple past gapa or gapte, past participle gapa or gapt, present participle gapende)

  1. to gape (of a mouth, hole, wound etc., be wide open)
    gap opp! – open wide! (e.g. at the dentist)

References

  • “gape” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

  • gapa

Etymology

From Old Norse gapa

Verb

gape (present tense gapar or gaper, past tense gapa or gapte, past participle gapa or gapt, passive infinitive gapast, present participle gapande, imperative gap)

  1. to gape (of a mouth, hole, wound etc., be wide open)

References

  • “gape” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡɔːk/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːk
  • (cotcaught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ɡɑk/

Etymology 1

From a variant of gowk, from Middle English gowke, goke, from Old Norse gaukr (cuckoo), from Proto-Germanic *gaukaz (cuckoo). Cognate with Danish gøg, Swedish gök, German Gauch, Old English ġēac. More at yeke.

Compare also French gauche, and English gawky and gallock.

Noun

gawk (plural gawks)

  1. A cuckoo.
  2. A fool; a simpleton; a stupid or clumsy person.
    • 1855 Thomas Carlyle, The Prinzenraub, Westminster Review
      A Duke of Weissenfels, for instance; foolish old gawk, whom Wilhehnina Princess Royal recollects for his distracted notions, — which were well shaken out of him by Wilhelmina’s Brother afterwards.

Translations

Etymology 2

Perhaps from English dialectal gaw (to stare; gawk) +‎ -k, as in talk, stalk, etc., ultimately from Old Norse (to heed).

Verb

gawk (third-person singular simple present gawks, present participle gawking, simple past and past participle gawked)

  1. To stare or gape stupidly.
  2. To stare conspicuously.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:stare

Derived terms

  • gawker
Translations

References


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