onlooker

noun
on·look·er | \ˈȯn-ˌlu̇-kər, ˈän-\

Definition of onlooker 

: one that looks on especially : a passive spectator

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Other Words from onlooker

onlooking \ˈȯn-ˌlu̇-kiŋ, ˈän- \ adjective

Examples of onlooker in a Sentence

Curious onlookers watched the ceremony. An onlooker noticed the disturbance. A crowd of onlookers gathered at the fire.
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Some onlookers — including State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, the chairwoman of the state Senate’s Education Committee — have proposed turning Havasupai Elementary into a charter school. Alden Woods, azcentral, "In the Grand Canyon, Havasupai parents want to regain control over failing school," 10 July 2018 Photos also show onlookers down in the street, astonished eyes reflecting the horror of the scene. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 Bieber and Baldwin haven't minded the onlookers: Videos have surfaced of the couple having fun and dancing together following their engagement. 7. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin: An Engagement Playlist of Bieber's Best Love Songs," 9 July 2018 Fireworks bloom, but only for a moment, dazzling onlookers before fading into oblivion. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "'Fire Flowers' Dazzle in Gorgeous Photos of Japanese Fireworks," 4 July 2018 With a puff of black exhaust and cheers from the onlookers, the tractor rolled forward and King took it for a lap around a nearby barn. Sarah Meehan, Washington Post, "A training program for new farmers is teaching its biggest class yet," 30 June 2018 With a puff of black exhaust and cheers from the onlookers, the tractor rolled forward and King took it for a lap around a nearby barn. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "A training program for new farmers is teaching its biggest class yet," 28 June 2018 After waving goodbye to onlookers, the couple drove away in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero bearing a custom license plate that read E190518, their wedding date. refinery29.com, "Now You Can Buy A Replica Of Meghan Markle’s Reception Dress," 14 June 2018 The wild scene, which attracted dozens of onlookers, ended when police tranquilized the animal. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Bear's late-night stroll through Gresham ends with police bullets, reports say," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of onlooker

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of onlooker was in 1606

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onlooker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of onlooker

: a person who watches an activity or event without being involved in it

onlooker

noun
on·look·er | \ˈȯn-ˌlu̇-kər, ˈän-\

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