from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To look about or survey with unsophisticated wonderment or curiosity.
- n. A rubbernecker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who engages in rubbernecking, or turning and staring.
- n. A tourist.
- n. Someone or something with a flexible neck.
- v. To watch by craning the neck (as though it were made of rubber), especially if the observer and observed are in motion relative to each other.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tourist who is visiting sights of interest
- n. a person who stares inquisitively
- v. strain to watch; stare curiously
When you're a superstar performer and you've mainly humiliated yourself (and your family) and haven't done anything to directly betray or cheat your adoring fans, all you have to do is let time pass to allow your ADD followers to "rubberneck" some other star's or celebrity's personal train wreck, then come back and perform superbly and not only will you be forgiven, you may be re-anointed as a hero.
It's part of the human predisposition to rubberneck major accidents.
Judging by these participatory self-portraits, Caravaggio shows himself intensely curious about history and society, prepared to rubberneck on our behalf and report back what he sees.
As the always-underrated Rescue Me's final season progresses, Kelly's relationship with Tommy grows deeper, richer and more complex, and there's no one better equipped to handle the show's trademark rubberneck shifts between comedy and drama than the NewsRadio and ER vet.
I watch the show like a rubberneck passing a car accident.
Of the three grunt calls I have like Primos Buck Roar best, Primos rubberneck as well as Hs's True Talker, both work but not as good as the Roar.
Sure, if you zone out from the relentless news cycle, you might miss a gory pileup or two, but it's not as though you need to rubberneck every last car crash to realize how dangerous it is out there.
Although I was comfortable enough to rubberneck constantly, I had a death-grip on the harness straps and only let go to take a few very fast snapshots.
The tragedies of today are more like car accidents that we rubberneck on the virtual super highway compared to the very personal impact of World War II when people like my grandparents would read the daily paper for the list of local men who were killed overseas.
In shared media moments like this, we are all uncommonly privileged commoners, granted a front-row seat to rubberneck at will at a lavish ceremony, festooned with wacky hats, that seemingly went off without a hitch.