from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Chiefly British To gawk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stare stupidly or rudely; to gawk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To gape; yawn.
  • To stare with the mouth open in a stupid and dazed manner. [U. S.]
  • To devour; eat greedily; swallow voraciously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. look with amazement; look stupidly


Variant of obsolete galp, to gawk, gape, of unknown origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variation of gape. (Wiktionary)



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  • You would see her in a life class
         cross-hatching aimlessly
    gawping not at the model but
         at John and his charcoal 6B.

    - Peter Reading, Ballad, from The Prison Cell and Barrel Mystery, 1976

    June 23, 2008