- to stare stupidly; gape: The onlookers gawked at arriving celebrities.
- an awkward, foolish person.
Origin of gawk
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Examples from the Web for gawk
It would definitely be wrong for TLC to encourage us to gawk at these men but their story is worth investigating nonetheless.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
January 1, 2015
More than 50,000 cars passed along Quiet Dell Road so people could gawk.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel
October 21, 2013
GAWK at the unparalleled treasures of the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace.How to Play Hooky at the G20 Summit: A Guide to St. Petersburg
September 4, 2013
Rather than be instructional or cautionary, the show turns its subjects into feasting zoo objects for audiences to gawk at.‘The Man With the 132 Lb. Scrotum’: TLC’s Lowest Show Yet?
August 1, 2013
Of those snapping pictures, almost all were locals who had paused to gawk at the strange sight.Tourists in New York Flock to See Damage Wrought by Sandy
November 2, 2012
Bridget may have been a gawk, but she did two things which were not gawkish.The Manxman
And as for that maypole of a daughter, she's nothing but a gawk.The Making of a Soul
In the library and parlor, he confesses he is as a gawk or one dumb.Whitman
It made me laugh to see the gawk skulking along in the rear.An Artist in Crime
"Lave it to me," said a rough voice, and Billy the Gawk stepped out.The Deemster
- a clumsy stupid person; lout
- (intr) to stare in a stupid way; gape
Word Origin and History for gawk
1785, American English, perhaps from gaw, a survival from Middle English gowen "to stare" (c.1200), from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse ga "to heed," from Proto-Germanic *gawon-, from PIE *ghow-e- "to honor, revere, worship" (see favor (n.)); and altered perhaps by gawk hand (see gawky). Liberman writes that it "need not have been derived from gowk. It is possibly another independent imitative formation with the structure g-k. Related: Gawked; gawking.