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 gawking

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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