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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Perhaps from gawk 'left, left-handed' (18-19 centuries)

gawk

verb
     
gawk [intransitive]
informal to look at something for a long time, in a way that looks stupid [= stare]
gawk at
Don't just stand there gawking at those girls!

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