- 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 gawked
Jerry Lee told reporters who gawked at the little girl that she was fifteen.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
I gawked at the sea of broker posts, specialist booths, and flat-screen monitors surrounding me.Ringing in the New Year on Wall Street
January 5, 2010
As the three Graneys gawked at the food, one of the guards said, “For the last meal, he gets anything he wants.”John Grisham's First Short Story: Part Two
October 26, 2009
Well, isn't there some place we can go where we won't be gawked at by all these hoodlums?Tabitha's Vacation
Ruth Alberta Brown
He just gawked at him from the deck, noting that the man had one hand on a sheath knife.The Syndic
I stood there with my chin two inches from the rug and gawked at him.Call Him Savage
In any case she must often have been stung by the exasperation of those at whom she gawked.The Judge
He gawked, reddening; his right hand quivered; and to my chagrin he slowly laughed, scanning me.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
- a clumsy stupid person; lout
- (intr) to stare in a stupid way; gape
Word Origin and History for gawked
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.