Definition of rubberneck in English:


Line breaks: rubber|neck
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌbənɛk


[no object]
  • Turn one’s head to stare at something in a foolish manner: a passer-by rubbernecking at the accident scene
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    • I didn't feel like I was watching the response; I felt like I was rubbernecking.
    • Like rubbernecking at the scene of a fatal accident, I am repulsed yet, at the same time, I cannot seem to pull my eyes away.
    • But there were delays too on the eastbound carriageway as a result of drivers rubbernecking, which saw vehicles slowing down so their occupants could take a look at the accident scene rather than continuing to drive on.


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  • A person who rubbernecks.
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    • And as a result, I guess I'm just kind of a rubberneck.
    • He never was one for being interested in that kind of thing, he hates rubbernecks with a passion.
    • That's one of the many pleasures of baseball - a guy can keep score, never miss a pitch, and still rubberneck at the spectacle in the stands.



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  • The film company had blocked off this section of town but there were thousands of rubberneckers wanting to catch a glimpse of the star.
  • Like a rubbernecker driving past a horrifically bloody accident, I can't seem to stop myself from watching the carnage.
  • Let's face it, we're a nation of rubberneckers, eager to gawk at any accident, smoldering homestead, or decaying corpse as long as it is not our own.

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