Gawks vs Lawks - What's the difference?

gawks | lawks |


As a verb gawks

is (gawk).

As an interjection lawks is

lord! (especially as an expression of surprise).

gawks

English

Verb

(head)
  • (gawk)

  • gawk

    English

    Etymology 1

    From a variant of gowk, from (etyl) gowke, from (etyl) . More at (l).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a cuckoo
  • (Johnson)
  • a fool
  • (Carlyle)

    Etymology 2

    A Middle-Appalachian Americanism, since late 1800s, possibly misconstruing French "gauche," and leading to use of adj gawky for a person or process that is uncoordinated or awkward.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a simpleton, stupid or clumsy person.
  • Etymology 3

    Perhaps from (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To stare or gape stupidly
  • To stare conspicuously.
  • lawks

    English

    Alternative forms

    * Lawk * lauk

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • Lord! (especially as an expression of surprise)
  • * 1850 , , La Vendée :
  • "Lawks ! how uncomfortable," said the cook. "And M. Henri, was he wet too?"
  • * 1988 , :
  • "Your civic pride does you credit," said Hwel. "And now, please, leave the cart. I'm sure you've got some wood to gather. Lawks ."

    Usage notes

    This is a stereotypical utterance of a Cockney house-servant in literature, particularly 19th-century and early 20th-century literature, but by the end of the 20th century its use had become primarily ironic outside of historical fiction.

    Synonyms

    * Lord, lordy * dear Lord

    Anagrams

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