Gawk definition

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To stare or gape stupidly.
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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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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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A clumsy, stupid fellow; simpleton.
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To stare stupidly, like a gawk.
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An awkward 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)

    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