CNN anchor Carol Costello confessed to “gawking” at the actor.
Observes one staffer, “How humiliating it must be for him to be sitting out there with all those people [gawking and whispering.]”
He zipped past the gawking mother and tired travelers and nearly across the elegant cordovan shoe-tips of a tall bearded man.
I need to feel that way, acting foolish, gawking around here like some fool kid.
He had gone about gawking in places he couldn't have had he been visible.
After closing the door behind him, he stepped to the piazza, and stopped on the edge of it, gawking around like a country lout.
gawking and gaping as though 'twere Christmas and Roman candles going off!
For fifteen years I have been the 'objective' of the gawking squad.
Here, you people, don't stand there gawking like a lot of dotty chumps!
"'Tend to your business, there; don't be gawking around," said the Orderly sternly.
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.
To stare; gape stupidly: locals gathered to gawk at strange lights/ They went in and out of the garage to gawk at the body
[1785+; fr dialect gawk, gouk, ''fool, idiot,'' literally ''cuckoo'']