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slack-jawed

[slak-jawd] /ˈslækˈdʒɔd/
adjective
1.
having the mouth open, especially as an indication of astonishment, bewilderment, etc.
Origin
slack jaw + -ed3
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  • Tourists walk slack-jawed from one opulent site to the next.
  • Eye catching design leaves local yokels slack-jawed.
  • The show's character-driven plot twists often leave viewers slack-jawed.
Contemporary definitions for slack-jawed
adjective

having the mouth open, esp. in surprise

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Word Origin and History for slack-jawed
adj.

1882, "over-talkative," from slack-jaw (n.) "impertinent language" (1797), from slack (adj.) + jaw (n.). Meaning "open-mouthed and speechless" from astonishment, stupidity, etc., is from 1905.

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