Definition of gawk in English:

gawk

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Pronunciation: /gɔːk
 
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verb

[no object]
  • Stare openly and stupidly: they were gawking at some pin-up
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    • Most of them were trying to be clandestine about it, but a few were openly pointing and gawking.
    • The door opened and a sailor stepped inside, openly gawking at our still wet clothes.
    • Already, he could see the stares and could almost hear the whispers as his classmates openly gawked at him.
    Synonyms
    gape, goggle, gaze, ogle, stare, stare stupidly, stare open-mouthed, stare in wonder, look fixedly, look vacantly
    informal rubberneck
    British informal gawp

noun

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  • An awkward or shy person: let those country gawks dance to their hearts' content
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    • It's nice to think there was a time when I was small and cute and didn't list disturbingly between being a lanky gawk and an oafish lump.

Derivatives

gawker

noun
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  • It's a hard place to miss, especially with all the gawkers rubbernecking for any celebrities from the lower floors.
  • For the first few weeks, I avoided the site primarily because I didn't think the police and firefighters workers needed any more gawkers getting in their way.
  • Naturally, gawkers lined up 10 deep in front of the club.

gawkish

adjective
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  • Even if he leaned down it would look gawkish and awkward.
  • But its narrow shoulders and gawkish legs implied it was a boy of only twelve, perhaps thirteen at best.
  • His audience can relate to gawkish tales of teenage fumbling, and his audience will grow.

Origin

late 17th century (as a noun): perhaps related to obsolete gaw 'to gaze', from Old Norse 'heed'.

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