gawk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gawk look with amazement; look stupidly
    • n gawk an awkward stupid person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gawk A cuckoo.
    • Gawk A simpleton; a booby; a gawky.
    • Gawk To act like a gawky.
    • Gawk To stare with empty-minded fascination; to stare stupidly; to gape; -- usually used with at.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gawk A cuckoo. [Scotch and North. Eng.] — 2. A stupid, awkward fellow; a fool; a simpleton; a booby. Also gawky.
    • gawk Foolish.
    • gawk To act like a gawk; go about awkwardly; look like a fool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gawk gawk left, as in gawk-handed
    • n Gawk a lout
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gok, gowk, cuckoo, fool, Icel. gaukr, cuckoo; akin to OHG. gouh, G. gauch, cuckoo, fool, AS. géac, cuckoo, Sw. gök, Dan. giög,

Usage

In literature:

It makes you look like a gawk, when you're not.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
He gawked, reddening; his right hand quivered; and to my chagrin he slowly laughed, scanning me.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Mary is a gawk, Sophia is as yellow as a duck's foot, and Lenore is half-witted.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Northwood gawked stupidly, mouth half open, eyes searching wildly everywhere.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
In the library and parlor, he confesses he is as a gawk or one dumb.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
Mud, you gawk you, mud!
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
A son of mine gawking at Telly?
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Why, he'd never like a great big gawk like me!
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
I stood there with my chin two inches from the rug and gawked at him.
"Call Him Savage" by John Pollard
It made me laugh to see the gawk skulking along in the rear.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
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In news:

While the press gawks, workers are dying.
Nash, whose family has filed a $50 million lawsuit for negligence against chimp owner Sandra Herold, was more worried about missing her teenage daughter's prom than about strangers gawking at her face.
The Kansas Statehouse's above-ground floors are now ready for visitors who want to wander and gawk at 12 years' worth of renovation work.
Visitors gawk, but farmers hustle.
Officials warn against 'gawking and driving.'.
First-timers in the crowd gawked at Jackie Reyneke's big throw-in.
All you fans of the 'Step Up' movies, who only watch just so you have an excuse to gawk at all the hot guys, will be happy to know that Ryan Guzman of 'Step Up Revolution' has gone completely shirtless for the cover of Bello magazine.
Here's what we were reading when we weren't gawking at crazy hurricane pics and videos.
Like an outdoor art installation, the fans lining the marble barrier outside of the Apple Store on New York's Fifth Avenue are gawked at and photographed.
I'm the first to admit that I love to gawk at the grisly.
If you've got $3,600 to spare and don't mind folks gawking at you from behind the wheel, it might be time to invest in a "YikeBike".
Gawk at equipment that helped mint more than $50 million in coins and walk through the replica ghost town.
Gawk at the rock formations in Chatsworth, the orchards in Simi.
2012 may be winding down, but that won't stop us from gawking at this behind-the-scenes video from the shoot for the Men of Swedish Nobility calendar.
Today visitors can walk the fortress walls and visit guard towers , see the fabulous crown jewels, and gawk at Henry VIII's armor.
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