OPEN in sign language

There are many different ASL signs for the English word "open", such opening a door, a window, a book, and so on, usually using a classifier in a verb phrase.

ASL signs for OPEN

How to sign "open" in American Sign Language (ASL)? For other ASL sign-words or inflections for the word 'open', see synonyms or related words.

Definition: not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate; not shut or blocked; not closed.

Pronunciation (sign description): Both "B" hands, palms down, edge of hands in contact or near contact, diverge outward/upward where the palms face upward and hands are held apart in space.

Usage examples: This sign can refer to an abstract concept, not necessarily limited to physical-related concepts. "The poetry slam competition opens at 7am".

Related signs: AJAR, UNLOCKED,

Opposite: CLOSED, SHUT.

The signword above is modulated slightly different to indicate that something is "accessible" or "offered without restriction".

Usage example: "the event is open to everyone".


Meaning: (of a person) frank and communicative; not given to deception or concealment.


Use classifiers for the following examples: door, window, containers, drawer, cabinet, etc.

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for OPEN DOOR

Written ASL digit for "OPEN DOOR" contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2017.

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