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gawp

[gawp] /gɔp/
verb (used without object), Chiefly Northern U.S.
1.
to stare with the mouth open in wonder or astonishment; gape:
Crowds stood gawping at the disabled ship.
Also, gaup.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; British dial., continuing obsolete galp, Middle English galpen, perhaps blend of Middle Dutch galpen to yawn and Middle English gapen to gape
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British Dictionary definitions for gawp

gawp

/ɡɔːp/
verb
1.
(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
n.

"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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