look·​ie-loo | \ ˈlu̇-kē-ˈlü How to pronounce lookie-loo (audio) \
variants: or looky-loo
plural lookie-loos or looky-loos

Definition of lookie-loo

US, informal + often disparaging
: a person who looks at something: such as
a : a person who goes somewhere or stops to look at something (such as the scene of an accident) : an intrusively curious onlooker usually plural… to discourage the thousands of lookie-loos who once jammed the street to get a glimpse of the murder scene.— David W. Myers
b : a person who looks at something for sale without intending to buy it And how should you get your old house ready for "looky-loos" as well as the serious buyers?— Roger Showley

First Known Use of lookie-loo

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Lookie-loo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lookie-loo. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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