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From a variant of gowk, from Middle English gowke, goke, from Old Norse gaukr (“cuckoo”), from Proto-Germanic *gaukaz (“cuckoo”). Cognate with Danish gøg, Swedish gök, German Gauch, Old English ġēac. More at yeke.
gawk (plural gawks)
- A cuckoo.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
- A fool; a simpleton; a stupid or clumsy person.
stupid or clumsy person
to stare or gape stupidly
to stare conspicuously