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gawk

noun \ ˈgȯk \

Definition of gawk

:a clumsy stupid person :lout

Examples of gawk in a Sentence

  1. thought that the linebackers were dumb gawks until he got to know them better

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Origin and Etymology of gawk

probably from English dialect gawk left-handed


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gawk

verb

Definition of gawk

intransitive verb
:to gape or stare stupidly
  • gawked at the fish in the aquarium

gawker

noun

Examples of gawk in a Sentence

  1. a crowd of gawking tourists

  2. couldn't help gawking at the exotically dressed guests in the hotel lobby

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Origin and Etymology of gawk

perhaps alteration of obsolete gaw to stare

gawk Synonyms

Synonyms
blink, gape, gawp [chiefly British], gaze, goggle, peer, rubberneck, stare
Related Words
glare, gloat, glower; consider, eye, fixate, observe, regard, watch; leer, ogle; peruse, pore (over), study; outface, outstare, stare down
Near Antonyms
glance, glimpse, peek, peep; browse, dip (into), scan; wink (at)

GAWK Defined for English Language Learners

gawk

verb

Definition of gawk for English Language Learners

  • : to stare at someone or something in a rude or stupid way


GAWK Defined for Kids

gawk

verb \ ˈgȯk \

Definition of gawk for Students

gawked; gawking
:to stare stupidly
  • She stood there gawking at the celebrities.


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