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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.
Origin of gawp
1720-30; British dial., continuing obsolete galp, Middle English galpen, perhaps blend of Middle Dutch galpen to yawn and Middle English gapen to gape Unabridged
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  • All I'm sure of is that we both sort of slowed up and did the gawp act.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • I tried not to gawp at what must have been a couple million bucks' worth of condo.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Walkin' over to Skeet I taps him on the shoulder, and then it's his turn to gawp at my costume.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • He shoves his chair back into the corner and continues186 to gawp; so I just has to let on that he ain't there at all.

British Dictionary definitions for gawp


(Brit, slang) (intransitive) often foll by at. to stare stupidly; gape
Derived Forms
gawper, noun
Word Origin
C14 galpen; probably related to Old English gielpan to boast, yelp. Compare Dutch galpen to yelp
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Word Origin and History for gawp

"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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