- 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 gawped
But Lady Thatcher is not a boardwalk attraction to be gawped at by tourists from Palookaville.Palin’s Delusions of Grandeur
June 8, 2011
I jest set an' gawped; fer she was solemn trew, I see that with half an eye, an' it kinder took my breath away.On Picket Duty and Other Tales
Louisa May Alcott
- (intr often foll by at) British slang to stare stupidly; gape
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
"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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