Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He turned and faced Percival, looking from him to his sandwich with vacant eyes.

Just then Ben Haley, looking from the window, saw some chickens in the yard.

"You will find my father in his office," she said, looking a little disappointed.

"He's the proudest beggar I ever met," thought Halbert, looking after him.

“Thou art a big fellow for a school,” said his uncle, looking him over.

"He must have stolen it," muttered Halbert, looking after Robert with disappointment and chagrin.

"No, sir," said Robert, looking boldly in the face of his former employer.

The old man was looking at her with frank and friendly apology for his intrusion.

What do you mean by looking me in the face in that impudent manner?

Looking around him, he at length, from the edge of the valley, descried Robert.


Old English locian "use the eyes for seeing, gaze, look, behold, spy," from West Germanic *lokjan (cf. Old Saxon lokon "see, look, spy," Middle Dutch loeken "to look," Old High German luogen, German dialectal lugen "to look out"), of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with Breton lagud "eye." In Old English, usually with on; the use of at began 14c. Meaning "seek, search out" is c.1300; meaning "to have a certain appearance" is from c.1400. Of objects, "to face in a certain direction," late 14c.

Look after "take care of" is from late 14c., earlier "to seek" (c.1300), "to look toward" (c.1200). Look into "investigate" is from 1580s; look up "research in books or papers" is from 1690s. To look down upon in the figurative sense is from 1711; to look down one's nose is from 1921. To look forward "anticipate" is c.1600; meaning "anticipate with pleasure" is mid-19c. To not look back "make no pauses" is colloquial, first attested 1893. In look sharp (1711) sharp originally was an adverb, "sharply."


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.