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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.
Also, gaup.
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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  • They also take willing subjects and observe their reactions as they gawp at products.
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  • Tempting as it is to gawp at the sky-high tuition fees, price can be a red herring.
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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