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Definition of gongoozler in English:
- Alan Lindley, an eighth-generation lock keeper working on the Grand Canal, has been dealing with gongoozlers and boatmen for more than 20 years.
- Fradley is a very popular location for both boaters and gongoozlers and moorings can often be very difficult to find.
- We will turn at Foxton and ascend the wonderful staircase locks, always a popular spot for gongoozlers.
Early 20th century (originally denoting a person who idly watched activity on a canal); rare before 1970: perhaps from Lincolnshire dialect gawn and gooze 'stare, gape'.
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