Meaning of gawk in English:

gawk

verb

[no object]
  • Stare openly and stupidly.

    ‘they were gawking at some pin-up’
    • ‘Most of them were trying to be clandestine about it, but a few were openly pointing and gawking.’
    • ‘The door opened and a sailor stepped inside, openly gawking at our still wet clothes.’
    • ‘Already, he could see the stares and could almost hear the whispers as his classmates openly gawked at him.’
    • ‘All of the guys stared and gawked at the new girl's body figure and style.’
    • ‘The other alien faces gawked and stared, but their whispers were too far away for me to do anything about, so I ignored it.’
    • ‘Only now, gawking at snow-coated cars, did it finally sink in that I was in Scotland.’
    • ‘The boy slowly raised his head to meet my gaze, and gawked back at me.’
    • ‘Carl gawked at the car with unbelieving eyes, and the unknown man still yelling at him must have noticed.’
    • ‘She heard the stampede leave as Stephen gawked at his new car.’
    • ‘I gaped (or gawked or gushed, whatever way you wish to call it) when Eric appeared again.’
    • ‘She gawked unabashedly at the passing scenery, then stared wide-eyed as the car came to a halt in the shadow of the huge home.’
    • ‘People gawked and stared, and he stared back with a grin beaming from ear to ear.’
    • ‘As the minutes ticked by, the number of students standing on the banks gawking at the spectacle increased steadily.’
    • ‘When we finally dragged the hulking thing home, all we could do was saw it in half and just stand in awe, gawking at the horror within.’
    • ‘How long did it take them to go from gawking ignorantly at the machine to surfing the Web and finding sites they liked?’
    • ‘She looked as gorgeous as ever and certainly had every young lad in town gawking with dropped jaws.’
    • ‘The last thing any child would need to fear would be rows of people gawking down from the church gallery.’
    • ‘It was a bright, sunny day but very cold, too cold to hang about gawking at the scenery between shops.’
    • ‘Stores and boutiques stock all manner of goods and people are buying rather than gawking.’
    • ‘I gawked at the snow on the mountains and squealed over those funny hairy cows as my camera clicked madly, trying to capture the colours and scale of it all.’
    gape, goggle, gaze, ogle, stare, stare stupidly, stare open-mouthed, stare in wonder, look fixedly, look vacantly
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noun

  • An awkward or shy person.

    ‘let those country gawks dance to their hearts' content’
    • ‘It's nice to think there was a time when I was small and cute and didn't list disturbingly between being a lanky gawk and an oafish lump.’

Origin

Late 17th century (as a noun): perhaps related to obsolete gaw ‘to gaze’, from Old Norse gá ‘heed’.

Pronunciation

gawk

/ɡɔːk/