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gawk Syllabification: gawk

Definition of gawk in English:


[no object]
Stare openly and stupidly: they were gawking at some pinup
More example sentences
  • 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.
gape, goggle, gaze, ogle, stare, stare open-mouthed
informal rubberneck


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An awkward or shy person.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡôkər/
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with gawk

auk, baulk, Bork, caulk (US calk), chalk, cork, Dundalk, Falk, fork, hawk, Hawke, nork, orc, outwalk, pork, squawk, stalk, stork, talk, torc, torque, walk, york
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