Gawking



[gawk] /gɔk/

verb (used without object)
1.
to stare stupidly; gape:
The onlookers gawked at arriving celebrities.
noun
2.
an awkward, foolish person.
/ɡɔːk/
noun
1.
a clumsy stupid person; lout
verb
2.
(intransitive) to stare in a stupid way; gape
v.

1785, American English, perhaps from gaw, a survival from Middle English gowen “to stare” (c.1200), from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse ga “to heed,” from Proto-Germanic *gawon-, from PIE *ghow-e- “to honor, revere, worship” (see favor (n.)); and altered perhaps by gawk hand (see gawky). Liberman writes that it “need not have been derived from gowk. It is possibly another independent imitative formation with the structure g-k. Related: Gawked; gawking.

verb

To stare; gape stupidly: locals gathered to gawk at strange lights/ They went in and out of the garage to gawk at the body

[1785+; fr dialect gawk, gouk, ”fool, idiot,” literally ”cuckoo”]

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