from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A gawking onlooker.
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- n. Someone who watches, a spectator, in the sense that they crane their neck as though it were made of rubber. Especially those who watch accidents.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who stares inquisitively
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If I went to New York I would be worse than a rubbernecker.
Becoming a Google rubbernecker -- gawking at someone's life from afar and finding something insulting or embarrassing there -- reminds me of the prank of pasting a "Kick Me Hard" sign on an unwitting victim's back.
I felt like a rubbernecker, but was compelled to know more about this lady.
An auction of Madoff family belongings held at New York's Sheraton Hotel and Towers in November arguably displayed Americans' fascination with the abyss -- but the rubbernecker-bidders were also doing some good.
The whole incident had made me feel indescribably dirty, like a rubbernecker at the site of a car crash.
An auction of Madoff family belongings held at New York's Sheraton Hotel and Towers in November arguably displayed Americans' fascination with the abyss--but the rubbernecker-bidders were also doing some good.
I gunned the accelerator and swerved violently to get around the rubbernecker in front of me.
With the unblinking eye of Google's Street Views, anyone can be a virtual rubbernecker.
The media rubbernecker crowd, who always show up after an accident, will be tuning in to see what the all new, improved, better taste I-Man looks like.
By the time even Newfoundland got through the danger zone, the rubbernecker factor was clearly gone.