- n an expression of openmouthed astonishment
- n a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)
- v look with amazement; look stupidly
- v be wide open
- An undraped lady waits for an elevator; men emerge, confront her and gape.
- Put a man on a flagpole and people will gape.
- They all stopped to gape at a large, dead shark hanging from a hook outside a butcher's shop.
- Ines MÃ¼ller in Tampabay.com
We feel like monkeys in a zoo,said Ines Muller. "Poles come with binoculars, gape at us and swear."
- Antonya Nelson in New York Times
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.
- Frank Hurley in guardian.co.uk
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...