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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.
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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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