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verb (used without object)
  1. to stare stupidly; gape: The onlookers gawked at arriving celebrities.

  1. an awkward, foolish person.

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

Other words for gawk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gawk in a sentence

  • He gawked, reddening; his right hand quivered; and to my chagrin he slowly laughed, scanning me.

    Desert Dust | Edwin L. Sabin
  • He picked a fairly early hour, too, because what matter if a few yawps gawked as the Tiara vanished?

    Zero Data | Charles Saphro
  • As he came down the street he stopped occasionally and gawked around.

  • In any case she must often have been stung by the exasperation of those at whom she gawked.

    The Judge | Rebecca West

British Dictionary definitions for gawk


/ (ɡɔːk) /

  1. a clumsy stupid person; lout

  1. (intr) to stare in a stupid way; gape

Origin of gawk

C18: from Old Danish gaukr; probably related to gape

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