verb (used without object)
Origin of gawk
Examples from the Web for gawked
Jerry Lee told reporters who gawked at the little girl that she was fifteen.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I gawked at the sea of broker posts, specialist booths, and flat-screen monitors surrounding me.
As the three Graneys gawked at the food, one of the guards said, “For the last meal, he gets anything he wants.”
He just gawked at him from the deck, noting that the man had one hand on a sheath knife.The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
He gawked, reddening; his right hand quivered; and to my chagrin he slowly laughed, scanning me.Desert Dust|Edwin L. Sabin
I stood there with my chin two inches from the rug and gawked at him.Call Him Savage|John Pollard
In any case she must often have been stung by the exasperation of those at whom she gawked.The Judge|Rebecca West
As he came down the street he stopped occasionally and gawked around.The Expressman and the Detective|Allan Pinkerton
British Dictionary definitions for gawked
Word Origin for gawk
Word Origin and History for gawked
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.