bayer

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See also: bâyer and Bayer

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin batare (gape), probably of imitative origin.

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Verb[edit]

bayer

  1. (dated or obsolete) to have one's mouth wide open, to gape
    • Bayer aux corneilles : litterally to gape at crows, to be dumbstruck

Usage notes[edit]

The alternative spelling bâyer is mistaken, probably due to confusion with bâiller.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a regular -er verb as far as pronunciation is concerned, but as with other verbs in -ayer (such as payer and essayer), the <y> of its stem may optionally be written as <i> when it precedes a silent <e>. (Contrast verbs in -eyer, which never have this spelling change, and verbs in -oyer and -uyer, which always have it. Verbs in -ayer belong to both groups, according to the writer's preference.)

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