зевать

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Etymology[edit]

Compare Ukrainian зiва́ти ‎(ziváty), Russian Church Slavonic зѣвати ‎(zěvati), Serbo-Croatian зиjѐвати (first singular зи̏jева̑м), Slovene zévati, Czech zívati, Polish ziewać, Upper Sorbian zywać. Also cognate with зия́ть ‎(zijátʹ) as well as Lithuanian žióvauti and Latvian žàvât, as well as Old High German giwēn, gewōn.

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Verb[edit]

зева́ть ‎(zevátʹimpf ‎(perfective зевну́ть or прозева́ть)

  1. to yawn
  2. to gape
  3. to miss, let an opportunity slip by

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References[edit]

  • Fasmer, Maks (1964–1973), “зевать”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress