rubberneck

[ruhb-er-nek] Informal.
verb (used without object)
1.
to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head.
verb (used with object)
2.
to gawk at: The tieup was due to drivers rubbernecking an accident.
noun Also, rubbernecker.
3.
a sightseer; tourist.
4.
an extremely curious person.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; rubber1 + neck

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rubberneck (ˈrʌbəˌnɛk)
 
n
1.  a person who stares or gapes inquisitively, esp in a naive or foolish manner
2.  a sightseer or tourist
 
vb
3.  (intr) to stare in a naive or foolish manner

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rubberneck definition


  1. n.
    one who stares at something or someone; a tourist. (As if the tourist's neck is stretching to see even farther. See also gander.) : At noon the sidewalks are crowded with rubbernecks.
  2. in.
    to stare (at something or someone). : Traffic is stalled because of all the drivers who are rubbernecking.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Rubberneck the lobby, then amble out to the dazzling shoreline.
Dutifully turning out to rubberneck weekend strollers has diminishing returns.
Please do not park on the side of the road or rubberneck to watch the fireworks.
Rubberneck-don't watch what is going on and then slam into the back of another vehicle when that vehicle stops suddenly.
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