To look about or survey with unsophisticated wonderment or curiosity.
A person who stretches his or her neck or turns the head to gaze about in curiosity, as a motorist who slows to look at a traffic accident.
To look at things or gaze about in this way.
Someone who engages in rubbernecking, or turning and staring.
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.
Origin of rubberneck
- Coined in the sense of "tourist" in the United States in the late 19th century. A favored Americanism of H.L. Mencken.