Definition of open-mouthed in English:



  • With the mouth open, as in surprise or excitement.

    ‘open-mouthed astonishment’
    • ‘Jack, who was hiding outside, and I began to laugh so hard that Mom stared at us open-mouthed.’
    • ‘At the sight of our caravan of motor vehicles, the locals along the road stopped work and gazed open-mouthed in surprise and amusement.’
    • ‘Yet the tourists' open-mouthed stares did not trouble the good folk of Marken.’
    • ‘By the end of it, Gabe was staring at me in open-mouthed shock and Isaiah was sitting there, sighing.’
    • ‘I just stared at him in open-mouthed shock, then started laughing at him.’
    • ‘Robyn stared open-mouthed; Bob was equally surprised, although he only expressed it by raising his eyebrows.’
    • ‘He stood there, open-mouthed, surprised that she was leaving.’
    • ‘I totally lost track of the story because once again, I sat open-mouthed and staring at the perpetrators.’
    • ‘When he got to the bottom of the stairs and saw what they were doing, he stopped in open-mouthed astonishment.’
    • ‘He could not help but stare in open-mouthed shock, unable to grasp what his eyes told him.’
    • ‘No, I was more interested in staring open-mouthed and horrified at the person standing in the doorway to the den.’
    • ‘I stared open-mouthed at her, amazed and touched by her level of commitment to me.’
    • ‘I walked off with her, leaving James staring at me open-mouthed.’
    • ‘Lena simply stared at him across the table, open-mouthed, speechless, to say the least.’
    • ‘This was evidently a shock; there were gasps and open-mouthed stares all round, and then, of course, it was too late.’
    • ‘Any triumphalism, filtered through the eyes of a child, is open-mouthed in its surprise and gratitude.’
    • ‘He strained against his captors who were shocked and stared at each other open-mouthed.’
    • ‘Adam was speechless, resigned to staring open-mouthed at the basketball in his hands.’
    • ‘Elissa's mouth was dry, and she stared open-mouthed at the paper, hardly believing her eyes.’
    • ‘Some stare in open-mouthed curiosity, others dart in and out furtively under the cover of night, she said.’
    astounded, amazed, in amazement, surprised, stunned, bowled over, staggered, thunderstruck, aghast, stupefied, dazed, taken aback, shocked, shell-shocked, in shock, nonplussed, speechless, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, tongue-tied, at a loss for words, agape, goggle-eyed, wide-eyed, staring
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/ˈˌōpən ˈˌmouT͟Hd/