gawk

[ gawk ]
/ gɔk /

verb (used without object)

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

noun

an awkward, foolish person.

Nearby words

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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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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