gape gape  /ˈɡeɪp/


  1. (n) an expression of openmouthed astonishment
  2. (n) a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
  3. (v) look with amazement; look stupidly
  4. (v) be wide open



  1. An undraped lady waits for an elevator; men emerge, confront her and gape.
  2. Put a man on a flagpole and people will gape.
  3. They all stopped to gape at a large, dead shark hanging from a hook outside a butcher's shop.


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  1. "We feel like monkeys in a zoo," said Ines Muller. "Poles come with binoculars, gape at us and swear."
    on Aug 1, 2008 By: Ines Müller Source:

  2. When Nelson writes of "the gape-mouthed, faux-innocent prankster's expression Max put on when he thought he was being endearing," it becomes clear that his days as a boyfriend are numbered.
    on Feb 7, 2009 By: Antonya Nelson Source: New York Times

  3. In his diary, Hurley described Endurance as she sank on October 26 1914: "The ship groans and quivers, windows splinter, whilst the deck timbers gape and twist. Amid these profound and overwhelming forces, we are the absolute embodiment of helpless...
    on Sep 21, 2005 By: Frank Hurley Source:

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