gawped






verb (used without object) Chiefly Northern U.S.

  1. to stare with the mouth open in wonder or astonishment; gape: Crowds stood gawping at the disabled ship.

verb

  1. (intr often foll by at) British slang to stare stupidly; gape
n.

“fool, simpleton,” 1825, perhaps from the verb meaning “to yawn, gape” (as in astonishment), which is attested from 1680s, a dialectal survival of galp (c.1300), which is related to yelp or gape.

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