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[loo k-er-on, -awn] /ˌlʊk ərˈɒn, -ˈɔn/
noun, plural lookers-on.
a person who looks on; onlooker; witness; spectator.
Origin of looker-on
1530-40; look on + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Were it my nature to be other than a looker-on in life, I would attempt your rescue.

  • The worst thing was that the farce of it all could only be detected by the looker-on.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • I forgot, Roland, that I was the looker-on, and not the player of the game.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • One for the looker-on in the struggle who has no eyes for what lies still in shadow.

    The Arena Various
  • That was his gentle way of intimating that Claude was not invited to be a looker-on.


    George Washington Cable
  • I have never had an assistant or a looker-on to whom this was not perfectly apparent.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • He would have seen, as only a looker-on could see, what was happening to them.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • The whole thing was momentary, and the looker-on could not feel sure.

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • I am too dispassionate a looker-on to be fit for a partisan: would I were not!

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • My friend was a looker-on from the Southern side during the whole battle.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson

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