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onlooker

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noun on·look·er \ˈȯn-ˌlu̇-kər, ˈän-\

Simple Definition of onlooker

  • : a person who watches an activity or event without being involved in it

Full Definition of onlooker

  1. :  one that looks on; especially :  a passive spectator

on·look·ing play \-kiŋ\ adjective

Examples of onlooker

  1. Curious onlookers watched the ceremony.

  2. An onlooker noticed the disturbance.

  3. A crowd of onlookers gathered at the fire.



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First Known Use of onlooker

1606

Rhymes with onlooker



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