gawp

or gaup

[ gawp ]
/ gɔp /

verb (used without object) Chiefly Northern U.S.

to stare with the mouth open in wonder or astonishment; gape: Crowds stood gawping at the disabled ship.

Origin of gawp

1720–30; British dial., continuing obsolete galp, Middle English galpen, perhaps blend of Middle Dutch galpen to yawn and Middle English gapen to gape
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Examples from the Web for gawp

  • Walkin' over to Skeet I taps him on the shoulder, and then it's his turn to gawp at my costume.

  • I tried not to gawp at what must have been a couple million bucks' worth of condo.

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
  • All I'm sure of is that we both sort of slowed up and did the gawp act.

    Torchy and Vee|Sewell Ford
  • He shoves his chair back into the corner and continues186 to gawp; so I just has to let on that he ain't there at all.

British Dictionary definitions for gawp

gawp

gaup

/ (ɡɔːp) /

verb

(intr often foll by at) British slang to stare stupidly; gape

Derived forms of gawp

gawper, noun

Word Origin for gawp

C14 galpen; probably related to Old English gielpan to boast, yelp . Compare Dutch galpen to yelp
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