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[geyz] /geɪz/
verb (used without object), gazed, gazing.
to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.
a steady or intent look.
at gaze, Heraldry. (of a deer or deerlike animal) represented as seen from the side with the head looking toward the spectator:
a stag at gaze.
Origin of gaze
1350-1400; Middle English gasen; compare Norwegian, Swedish (dial.) gasa to look
Related forms
gazeless, adjective
gazer, noun
gazingly, adverb
outgaze, verb (used with object), outgazed, outgazing.
ungazing, adjective
1. Gaze, stare, gape suggest looking fixedly at something. To gaze is to look steadily and intently at something, especially at that which excites admiration, curiosity, or interest: to gaze at scenery, at a scientific experiment. To stare is to gaze with eyes wide open, as from surprise, wonder, alarm, stupidity, or impertinence: to stare unbelievingly or rudely. Gape is a word with uncomplimentary connotations; it suggests open-mouthed, often ignorant or rustic wonderment or curiosity: to gape at a tall building or a circus parade. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for gazer
Historical Examples
  • The gazer detected unknown criminals, or described remote events, or even professed to foretell things future.

  • Each fortune's connate with the gazer's star, And tinted as she dreams.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • He could draw wild and strong and terrible beings, which thrilled the gazer with wonder and awe.

  • It was with an instinct of warm friendliness that the gazer turned from the bedside.

    The Tree of Knowledge Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • He stared a moment, and the somewhat supercilious look traveled over the gazer, from dusty boots to waving brown hair.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Disciple or gazer, he addressed the individuality of every one that had ears to hear.

    Hope of the Gospel George MacDonald
  • There was something awful in the despair "on that face so young" that bound the gazer in an irresistible and most painful spell.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • He was but a gazer, entirely concentrated in watchfulness, sunk as it were in searching.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • Ephraim also did not slay the Chanaanite that dwelt in gazer, but dwelt with him.

  • The more they were looked at, the more did they seem to penetrate into the gazer's heart.

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for gazer


(intransitive) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration
a fixed look; stare
Derived Forms
gazer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Swedish dialect gasa to gape at
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gazer



late 14c., probably of Scandinavian origin (cf. Norwegian, Swedish dialectal gasa "to gape"), perhaps related somehow to Old Norse ga "heed" (see gawk). Related: Gazed; gazing.



1540s, "thing stared at;" 1560s as "long look," from gaze (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gazer in Medicine

gaze (gāz)
The act of looking steadily in one direction for a period of time.

gaze v.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for gazer



A federal narcotics agent; narc (1930s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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