[loo k-er-on, -awn]

noun, plural look·ers-on.

a person who looks on; onlooker; witness; spectator.

Origin of looker-on

1530–40; look on + -er1
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Examples from the Web for looker-on

Historical Examples of looker-on

  • Were it my nature to be other than a looker-on in life, I would attempt your rescue.

  • The worst thing was that the farce of it all could only be detected by the looker-on.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • I forgot, Roland, that I was the looker-on, and not the player of the game.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • One for the looker-on in the struggle who has no eyes for what lies still in shadow.

    The Arena


  • That was his gentle way of intimating that Claude was not invited to be a looker-on.


    George Washington Cable