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gawp

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[gawp]
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verb (used without object) Chiefly Northern U.S.
  1. to stare with the mouth open in wonder or astonishment; gape: Crowds stood gawping at the disabled ship.
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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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  • I jest set an' gawped; fer she was solemn trew, I see that with half an eye, an' it kinder took my breath away.


British Dictionary definitions for gawped

gawp

gaup

verb
  1. (intr often foll by at) British slang to stare stupidly; gape
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Derived Formsgawper, noun

Word Origin

C14 galpen; probably related to Old English gielpan to boast, yelp . Compare Dutch galpen to yelp
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Word Origin and History for gawped

gawp

n.

"fool, simpleton," 1825, perhaps from the verb meaning "to yawn, gape" (as in astonishment), which is attested from 1680s, a dialectal survival of galp (c.1300), which is related to yelp or gape.

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