rubberneck

[ ruhb-er-nek ]
/ ˈrʌb ərˌnɛk /
Informal.

verb (used without object)

to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head.

verb (used with object)

to gawk at: The tieup was due to drivers rubbernecking an accident.

noun Also rub·ber·neck·er.

a sightseer; tourist.
an extremely curious person.

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Origin of rubberneck

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; rubber1 + neck
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British Dictionary definitions for rubberneck

rubberneck
/ (ˈrʌbəˌnɛk) slang /

noun

a person who stares or gapes inquisitively, esp in a naive or foolish manner
a sightseer or tourist

verb

(intr) to stare in a naive or foolish manner
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