gawks

gawk

[gawk]
verb (used without object)
1.
to stare stupidly; gape: The onlookers gawked at arriving celebrities.
noun
2.
an awkward, foolish person.

Origin:
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.
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gawk (ɡɔːk)
 
n
1.  a clumsy stupid person; lout
 
vb
2.  (intr) to stare in a stupid way; gape
 
[C18: from Old Danish gaukr; probably related to gape]

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