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rubberneck

noun rub·ber·neck \ ˈrə-bər-ˌnek \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rubberneck

1 : an overly inquisitive person
2 : tourist; especially : one on a guided tour

Examples of rubberneck in a Sentence

  1. every year raucous rubbernecks by the busload descend upon the city for its famed Mardi Gras

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First Known Use of rubberneck

1894

rubberneck Synonyms


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rubberneck

verb

Definition of rubberneck

intransitive verb
1 : to look about or stare with exaggerated curiosity
  • drivers passing the accident slowed down to rubberneck
2 : to go on a tour : sightsee

rubbernecker

play \ˈrə-bər-ˌne-kər\ noun

Examples of rubberneck in a Sentence

  1. She was rubbernecking and almost got in an accident herself.

  2. thoughtless drivers pausing on the highway to rubberneck at the accident

Recent Examples of rubberneck from the Web

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First Known Use of rubberneck

1892

rubberneck Synonyms

Synonyms
blink, gawk, gawp [chiefly British], gaze, goggle, peer, gape, 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)

RUBBERNECK Defined for English Language Learners

rubberneck

verb

Definition of rubberneck for English Language Learners

  • : to look around or stare with great curiosity; especially : to slow down while you are driving in order to stare at something (such as an accident)



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