gawp

verb
\ ˈgȯp How to pronounce gawp (audio) , ˈgäp\
gawped; gawping; gawps

Definition of gawp

intransitive verb

chiefly British

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Other Words from gawp

gawper \ ˈgȯ-​pər How to pronounce gawper (audio) , ˈgä-​ \ noun

Examples of gawp in a Sentence

tourists in London gawping at royalty
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, when William came to Marlborough for interschool events, Kate was more interested in playing hockey than waiting at the goal line on the hockey field above Wedgewood, where some of the girls congregated to gawp at the prince. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Had a Prince William Poster in Her Boarding School Dorm, According to One of the Girls Who Lived with Her," 23 Feb. 2019 Indeed, when William came to Marlborough for interschool events, Kate was more interested in playing hockey than waiting at the goal line on the hockey field above Wedgewood, where some of the girls congregated to gawp at the prince. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Had a Prince William Poster in Her Boarding School Dorm, According to One of the Girls Who Lived with Her," 23 Feb. 2019 Viewership of pricey cable channels is in structural decline, as people spend more time on services like Netflix (or gawping at their phones). The Economist, "What goes up...A weak market for football rights suggests a lower value for sport," 18 Jan. 2018 Apps such as Facebook and YouTube are fine-tuned to keep users gawping. The Economist, "Not even “The Last Jedi” will reverse Americans’ retreat from cinemas," 14 Dec. 2017 Less hands-on museum-goers can gawp at sprawling, fantastical jungles and cities created by amateur Lego virtuosos all over the world and rebuilt here at the mothership. Justin Davidson, Smithsonian, "Bjarke Ingels Makes the Impossible Concrete," 29 June 2017 The Phantom is a superb place to spend time, but locomotion adds little sensation beyond the fact that the view through the windows of gawping mortals starts to scroll. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII," 12 Oct. 2017 Residents peer from their balconies, filming a club of gawping journalists stationed outside. Jack Moore, Newsweek, "London’s ISIS Cell: Inside the East End Suburb of Barking Where Jihadis Meet Far-Right Nationalists," 6 June 2017 Her exploitation is laid bare when a tour guide arrives at the witch camp with gawping holidaymakers in tow. Thomas Page, CNN, "'I Am Not A Witch': Film explores plight of Zambians accused of witchcraft," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of gawp

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gawp

English dialect gawp to yawn, gape, from obsolete galp, from Middle English

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“Gawp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gawped. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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gawp

verb
How to pronounce gawp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gawp

chiefly British, informal : to stare at someone or something in a rude or stupid way

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