intransitive verbrub·ber·necked, rub·ber·neck·ing, rub·ber·necks
(third-person singular simple present rubbernecks, present participle rubbernecking, simple past and past participle rubbernecked)
- To watch by craning the neck (as though it were made of rubber), especially if the observer and observed are in motion relative to each other.
- The driver was so busy rubbernecking, trying to get a good view of the accident, that he was almost part of another accident.
Coined in the sense of "tourist" in the United States in the late 19th century. A favored Americanism of H.L. Mencken.