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What language is gawk from?

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December 24, 2012 7:03PM

"to gawk" is an early modern English word (from about 1775) apparently representing Old English word meaning fool, equivalent to ga ( gol ) foolish + -oc -ock; used attributively in gawk hand, gallock hand left hand.

Another theory is that it's from the Middle English word gowen, "to stare"