gongoozle

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly arose from Lincolnshire dialect, in which gawn and gooze both mean stare or gape. Popularised by L. T. C. Rolt in Narrow Boat (1944), a book on canal life.

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gongoozle (third-person singular simple present gongoozles, present participle gongoozling, simple past and past participle gongoozled)

  1. To leisurely watch the passage of boats, from the bank of a canal, lock or bridge.
  2. To observe things idly.

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