Share this entry

Share this page


Syllabification: look·er-on
Pronunciation: /ˈlo͝okərˌän

Definition of looker-on in English:

noun (plural lookers-on /ˈlo͝okərzˌän/)

A person who is a spectator rather than a participant in a situation.
Example sentences
  • But the aspect of his appearance on this particular morning that most interested the lookers-on was not the coat, but rather the glint of gold that caught the light on his breast.
  • I asked an astute hockey observer about the player, whom even a casual looker-on like me recognizes as a skilled player, himself dogged by clutchers and grabbers.
  • But, as local art students and lookers-on alike asked, did these free thinking experiments beyond the studio space constitute art?

Definition of looker-on in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day quintillion
Pronunciation: kwɪnˈtɪljən
a thousand raised to the power of six…