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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Example sentences
They have gawked at the unruliness of a teenage witness in the trial of four
  youths accused of murdering a ten-year-old.
They are to be buried, not put in museums and gawked at.
People gawked at the exoskeleton, but no one wanted to get in its way.
The foreign tourists who hadn't already been driven out of the square by the
  crowds gawked and started taking photographs.
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