Etymology
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gawp (n.)

"fool, simpleton," 1825, perhaps from gawp (v.) "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 and perhaps confused with or influenced by gawk.

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Definitions of gawp

gawp (v.)
look with amazement; look stupidly;
Synonyms: goggle / gape / gawk
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