gawp
intransitive verb Etymology: English dialect gawp to yawn, gape, from obsolete galp, from Middle English Date: 1855 chiefly British gawkgawper noun

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  • gawp — [go:p US go:p] v [i]BrE informal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Perhaps from gape] to look at something for a long time, especially with your mouth open because you are surprised →↑gape gawp at ▪ I was carried out on a stretcher, with everyone gawping …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gawp — /gawp/, v.i. Chiefly Northern U.S. to stare with the mouth open in wonder or astonishment; gape: Crowds stood gawping at the disabled ship. Also, gaup. [1720 30; Brit. dial., continuing obs. galp, ME galpen, perh. b. MD galpen to yawn and ME… …   Universalium

  • gawp — “fool, simpleton,” 1825, perhaps from the verb meaning “to yawn, gape” (as in astonishment), which is attested from 1680s, a dialectal survival of galp (c.1300), which is related to yelp or gape …   Etymology dictionary

  • gawp — ► VERB Brit. informal ▪ stare openly in a stupid or rude manner. DERIVATIVES gawper noun. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of GAPE(Cf. ↑gaper) …   English terms dictionary

  • gawp — [gôp] vi. [dial., altered < ME galpen, to yawn, gape] Slang to stare open mouthed; gawk or gape …   English World dictionary

  • gawp — [[t]gɔ͟ːp[/t]] gawps, gawping, gawped VERB To gawp means the same as to gawk. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [V at n] At weekends the roads are jammed with holidaymakers coming to gawp at the parade... Thorpe could only stand and gawp …   English dictionary

  • gawp — UK [ɡɔːp] / US [ɡɔp] verb [intransitive] Word forms gawp : present tense I/you/we/they gawp he/she/it gawps present participle gawping past tense gawped past participle gawped British informal to look at someone or something for a long time,… …   English dictionary

  • gawp — /gɔp/ (say gawp) verb (i) (sometimes followed by at) to look at something wonderingly or stupidly: I stood there gawping. {British dialect, from Middle English galpen gape} –gawper, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • gawp — verb To stare stupidly or rudely; to gawk …   Wiktionary

  • gawp — gɔːp v. (British) gape, stare stupidly with an open mouth …   English contemporary dictionary

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