she suddenly realized she had been gaping at the good-looking waiter instead of giving him her order Noun
I told him to stop staring, that his rather stupid gape was annoying.
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And should viewers who gape and gawk at Paul T. Goldman and Goldman himself come away with a general sense of complicity in a fundamentally voyeuristic endeavor?—Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Dec. 2022 Commune with bizarre life-forms deep below your feet, or simply gape in morbid fascination at the fecal microbes that are currently having a party on your pillow and TV screen?—Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2012 Yet the account is a rubbernecker’s anthology, a monument to those who stop and gape, with camera apps open, turning every guy shaving his chest on a rooftop into viral evidence that New York is crazy, man.—Jody Rosen, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2022 The sheer neck-craning nature of the blast, leaving fans and players alike to stare up and gape as the ball hurtled a fraction right of the foul pole, was something to marvel at.—Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 3 Sep. 2022 Perhaps the most popular way to explore the canyon is via a boat tour that meanders down the river, allowing visitors to gape up at the imposing rock walls.—Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2022 From many places along Interstate 5, where travelers can’t help but gape at the towering volcano, snow has been hard to see for weeks.—Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Aug. 2021 But, in the meantime, Metsavainio’s 100,000-pixel-wide epic still offers plenty to gape at.—Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2021 Summoning their inner thespians, possums keel over when cornered, allowing their mouths to gape open in apparent death.—Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 23 Dec. 2020
That much is clear from the ruins of Boston, where craters from bygone missiles gape beneath tilting highrises wrapped in plate-like Polypores.—Randall Colburn, EW.com, 23 Jan. 2023 Dolphin S brings out the fish with lips flaring in the posterior half of the gape area to show the upper tooth row and gular area expanding.—Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2023 The researchers questioned whether there is even an upper limit to the gape of some of the very biggest pythons.—Christian Edwards, CNN, 7 Oct. 2022 The gape-mouthed expression of these primates has long been considered an act of yawning or stretching.—Josie Garthwaite, Discover Magazine, 28 Oct. 2012 The boat’s net courses through the water like a gape-mouthed whale shark.—Craig Welch, National Geographic, 13 Jan. 2023 In Vansittart Bay, gape at 40,000-year-old images in an outdoor aboriginal art gallery.—Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Oct. 2022 Caves a thousand miles apart show the same gape-mouthed, extra-manly drawings.—Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 29 Feb. 2012 Without a powerful performance at its center — both Lawther and Wright are awkward and recessive — the cracks in Icke’s conception and craft gape wide.—Helen Shaw, Vulture, 30 June 2022 See More
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Middle English gapen, borrowed from Old Norse gapa, going back to Germanic *gapōn- (whence Middle Dutch gapen "to gaze stupidly," Middle High German gaffen), perhaps of phonesthemic origin