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- To open the mouth widely and take a long, rather deep breath, immediately after waking up or when recovering from sleep.
mawn (plural mawns)
- The action of mawning; opening the mouth widely and taking a long, rather deep breath, because one is waking up.
- (Scotland, dialect) A maund; a basket or hamper.
1887, Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders, Harper & Brothers:
- An apple-mill and press had been erected on the spot, to which some men were bringing fruit from divers points in mawn-baskets, while others were grinding them, and others wringing down the pomace, whose sweet juice gushed forth into tubs and pails.
- A ghost.
2006, Watkin Tench, A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, University of Adelaide:
- None of the natives who had come in the boat would touch the body, or even go near it, saying, the mawn would come; that is literally, ‘the spirit of the deceased would seize them’.
- nasal mutation of