EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GAWK

Bridget may have been a gawk, but she did two things which were not gawkish.

And as for that maypole of a daughter, she's nothing but a gawk.

In the library and parlor, he confesses he is as a gawk or one dumb.

It made me laugh to see the gawk skulking along in the rear.

"Lave it to me," said a rough voice, and Billy the Gawk stepped out.

Billy the Gawk was not alone in thinking that he could outwit the Bishop.

In particular did the "gawk" and the "thief" work hard at their tasks.

He is not such a dunce as poor Sam, and is not such a gawk as Bott.

And as Billy the Gawk drank his drop of the real stuff he laughed very loud and boasted that he could outwit the Bishop.

He hailed Billy the Gawk, too, the hoary old dog turned penitent in his latter days.

WORD ORIGIN

1785, American English, perhaps from gaw, a survival from Middle English gowen "to stare" (c.1200), from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse ga "to heed," from Proto-Germanic *gawon-, from PIE *ghow-e- "to honor, revere, worship" (see favor (n.)); and altered perhaps by gawk hand (see gawky). Liberman writes that it "need not have been derived from gowk. It is possibly another independent imitative formation with the structure g-k. Related: Gawked; gawking.

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