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gaup

[gawp]
verb (used without object)
  1. gawp.
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gawp

or gaup

[gawp]
verb (used without object) Chiefly Northern U.S.
  1. to stare with the mouth open in wonder or astonishment; gape: Crowds stood gawping at the disabled ship.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for gaup

gaup

verb
  1. a variant spelling of gawp
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gawp

gaup

verb
  1. (intr often foll by at) British slang to stare stupidly; gape
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Derived Formsgawper, noun

Word Origin for gawp

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 gaup

gawp

n.

"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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