Etymology
Advertisement

rubberneck (n.)

1897, "person who is always listening to other people's conversation; person who gazes around him with undue curiosity," from rubber (n.1) + neck (n.). Popularized in reference to sightseers in automobiles. As a verb, "crane the neck in curiosity," by 1896. Related: Rubbernecking (1896); rubbernecker (1934).

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of rubberneck
1
rubberneck (n.)
a tourist who is visiting sights of interest;
Synonyms: sightseer / excursionist / tripper
rubberneck (n.)
a person who stares inquisitively;
Synonyms: rubbernecker
2
rubberneck (v.)
strain to watch; stare curiously;
The cars slowed down and the drivers rubbernecked after the accident
From wordnet.princeton.edu