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gawker

A gawker is a person who stares openly at someone or something. After a bad car accident on the highway, gawkers often slow down for a look.

To gawk is to gape, stare, or rubberneck without trying to hide the fact that you're doing it. A gawker is someone who does this. A gawker might eavesdrop on a neighboring table at a restaurant or peer towards a film set hoping for a glimpse of a movie star. Both gawker and gawk were coined in the US, probably from the Middle English gowen, "to stare."

Definitions of gawker
  1. noun
    a spectator who stares stupidly without intelligent awareness
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    type of:
    looker, spectator, viewer, watcher, witness
    a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
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