gawk

[ gawk ]
/ gɔk /
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verb (used without object)

to stare stupidly; gape: The onlookers gawked at arriving celebrities.

noun

an awkward, foolish person.

Nearby words

  1. gavin,
  2. gavotte,
  3. gaw,
  4. gawain,
  5. gawain, sir,
  6. gawkish,
  7. gawkishly,
  8. gawky,
  9. gawp,
  10. gawra

Origin of gawk

1775–85; apparently representing OE word meaning fool, equivalent to ga(gol) foolish + -oc -ock; used attributively in gawk hand, gallock hand left hand

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British Dictionary definitions for gawk

gawk

/ (ɡɔːk) /

noun

a clumsy stupid person; lout

verb

(intr) to stare in a stupid way; gape

Word Origin for gawk

C18: from Old Danish gaukr; probably related to gape

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Word Origin and History for gawk

gawk

v.

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.

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