gape (v.) Look up gape at Dictionary.com
early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common Proto-Germanic (cognates: Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen "to gape, stare," Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.