Gawk Definition

gôk
gawked, gawking, gawks
verb
gawked, gawking, gawks
To stare stupidly, like a gawk.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
  • look away
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noun
gawks
A clumsy, stupid fellow; simpleton.
Webster's New World
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Wiktionary
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Origin of Gawk

  • Perhaps alteration (influenced by gawk awkward person) of obsolete gaw to gape from Middle English gawen from Old Norse to heed N., probably from English dialectal gawk left (as in gawk hand left hand)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a variant of gowk, from Middle English gowke, from Old Norse gaukr (“cuckoo”), from Proto-Germanic *gaukaz (“cuckoo”). Cognate with Danish gøg, Swedish gök, German Gauch, Old English ġēac. More at yeke.

    From Wiktionary

  • A Middle-Appalachian Americanism, since late 1800s, possibly misconstruing French "gauche," and leading to use of adj gawky for a person or process that is uncoordinated or awkward.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps from Old Norse (“to heed”).

    From Wiktionary

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