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[on-loo k-er, awn-] /ˈɒnˌlʊk ər, ˈɔn-/
spectator; observer; witness.
Origin of onlooker
1600-10; on + looker, after verb phrase look on Unabridged
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  • Meanwhile up above, an onlooker waits, scuffing his feet impatiently and swinging his trunk from side to side.
  • After the candidates would shake hands with some onlooker, a volunteer would hand him a flyer and say a few quick words.
  • To this onlooker, the family resemblance was not readily apparent.
  • He took off his shoes, rolled up his pants and walked out into the water to get the onlooker pictures.
  • To any onlooker, he must have seemed a fledgling tumbled from a low-hanging bough.
  • It is a scene that an uninformed onlooker might think would arouse the suspicion of the local police.
  • If the onlooker is less than impressed he or she will display back.
  • The real hunter does not go into that world of nature as a casual onlooker, but as an active participant.
  • The coyote then approached her and bit her on the arm and did not run away until an onlooker beat the coyote with a stick.
  • With so many people fingering the pie, one onlooker already expects vigorous debate as these reports begin to circulate.
British Dictionary definitions for onlooker


a person who observes without taking part
Derived Forms
onlooking, adjective
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Word Origin and History for onlooker

c.1600, from on + agent noun from look (v.).

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