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This page is about the slang term yawn


a dull, boring event or situation

For example

  • We went to a jazz concert last night and it was a real yawn. Most of the music was really dull, boring stuff that sounded like the sort of sickly sweet muzak you hear in elevators.

  • Henry and June's dinner party was such a yawn. They showed us their holiday photos after dinner and I had a hard time staying awake.

Quick Quiz

Which would most people find a yawn?

a. a lecture on the Swedish economy

b. a film about sex and sexuality in Sweden

c. a free dinner in Sweden's most expensive restaurant

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Contributor: Matt Errey