verb (used without object)
to stare stupidly; gape: The onlookers gawked at arriving celebrities.
an awkward, foolish person.

1775–85; apparently representing OE word meaning fool, equivalent to ga(gol) foolish + -oc -ock; used attributively in gawk hand, gallock hand left hand

1. peer, ogle, gaze, goggle, rubberneck. Unabridged
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gawk (ɡɔːk)
1.  a clumsy stupid person; lout
2.  (intr) to stare in a stupid way; gape
[C18: from Old Danish gaukr; probably related to gape]

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Word Origin & History

1785, perhaps from M.E. gowen "to stare," from O.N. ga "to heed." Related: Gawked; gawking.
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Computing Dictionary

gawk definition

tool, language
GNU awk. Gawk is a superset of standard awk and includes some Plan 9 features.
David Trueman and Arnold Robbins of Georgia Institute of Technology were developing it in 1993. It has been ported to Unix, MS-DOS, Macintosh, and Archimedes.
Latest version: 2.15.3, as of 1993-11-08.
Available by FTP from your nearest GNU archive site.
Mac version (
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Example sentences
But even while you may gawk in amazement at this show, it starts to wear thin.
They put him in their chicken coop, where villagers pay to gawk.
They are monuments for spiritual travelers, who often came great distances, to
  gawk at and be stirred by.
The players had the look of two contest winners trying not to gawk at their
  five-star hotel.
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