rubberneck


1rub·ber·neck

noun \-ˌnek\

Definition of RUBBERNECK

1
:  an overly inquisitive person
2
:  tourist; especially :  one on a guided tour

Examples of RUBBERNECK

  1. <every year raucous rubbernecks by the busload descend upon the city for its famed Mardi Gras>

First Known Use of RUBBERNECK

circa 1896

2rubberneck

verb

: to look around or stare with great curiosity; especially : to slow down while you are driving in order to stare at something (such as an accident)

Full Definition of RUBBERNECK

intransitive verb
1
:  to look about or stare with exaggerated curiosity <drivers passing the accident slowed down to rubberneck>
2
:  to go on a tour :  sightsee
rub·ber·neck·er \-ˌne-kər\ noun

Examples of RUBBERNECK

  1. She was rubbernecking and almost got in an accident herself.
  2. <thoughtless drivers pausing on the highway to rubberneck at the accident>

First Known Use of RUBBERNECK

1896

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