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
The vampires enjoy telling jokes and gawking at dark burlesque.
Then came this art-industrial frenzy, which turns mere art lovers into gawking
  street urchins.
She had been dismissed, relegated to observer status, a gawking witness.
And nowhere, it seems, is gawking more tempting than at airports.
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