Gawk meaning

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The definition of gawk is to gape or stare at something, often openly and in a way that makes you look silly.

When you sit with your mouth open staring at a spectacle and looking silly, this is an example of a time when you gawk at the spectacle.

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To stare or gape stupidly.
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An awkward or clumsy person.
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A clumsy, stupid fellow; simpleton.
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To stare stupidly, like a gawk.
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A version of the awk pattern matching language from the GNU foundation. See awk and GNU.
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A simpleton, stupid or clumsy person.
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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)