"spectator," c.1600, from on + agent noun from look (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for on-looker

Historical Examples of on-looker

  • He was the on-looker, after all—not the experimenter he should have been and wished to be.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

  • Then we disperse, but to any on-looker would seem to have dissolved.

  • An on-looker might have fancied that the would-be God had found his worshipper at last!


    Julian Hawthorne

  • They had had only one on-looker—the sentry who stands at the corner of the gymnastic-school.

    Tales of Two Countries

    Alexander Kielland

  • The Republic will only appear to the on-looker to have come upon the scene as a means, not as an end.