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[gawp] /gɔp/

verb (used without object), Chiefly Northern U.S.
to stare with the mouth open in wonder or astonishment; gape:
Crowds stood gawping at the disabled ship.
(Brit, slang) (intransitive) often foll by at. to stare stupidly; gape

“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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