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[gawp] /gɔp/
verb (used without object), Chiefly Northern U.S.
to stare with the mouth open in wonder or astonishment; gape:
Crowds stood gawping at the disabled ship.
Origin of gawp
1720-30; British dial., continuing obsolete galp, Middle English galpen, perhaps blend of Middle Dutch galpen to yawn and Middle English gapen to gape Unabridged
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  • I jest set an' gawped; fer she was solemn trew, I see that with half an eye, an' it kinder took my breath away.

    On Picket Duty and Other Tales Louisa May Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for gawped


(Brit, slang) (intransitive) often foll by at. to stare stupidly; gape
Derived Forms
gawper, noun
Word Origin
C14 galpen; probably related to Old English gielpan to boast, yelp. Compare Dutch galpen to yelp
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Word Origin and History for gawped



"fool, simpleton," 1825, perhaps from the verb meaning "to yawn, gape" (as in astonishment), which is attested from 1680s, a dialectal survival of galp (c.1300), which is related to yelp or gape.

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