from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of onlooker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person who observes an event; a looker-on; a spectator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A looker-on; a spectator; an observer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who looks on


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  • “Bye, bus!” an on-looker yelled from the parking lot.

    The Fellowship Bus: Heading for D.C. - The Caucus Blog -

  • Referencing various physics related theories, Koch challenges the on-looker to decipher a visual language and coded system found within the work.

    Bill Bush: The Tension Between Order And Chaos: This Artweek.LA (June 20-26)

  • He looked like just another curious on-looker, only more poorly dressed.

    Dreamseller: The Calling

  • Since her dark eyes blazed into the camera of an on-looker while she lay on the ground, muttering, "I'm burning, I'm burning."

    The Front Line is Online

  • But Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot said she felt the care women on Medi-Cal received sup-par, and no on-looker should be misled by what may seem like otherwise “standard care” and lofty principles.

    The Complexity of Caring for California's Uninsured Pregnant Women

  • Its hard to tell from a distance how bad the hits are, things can look worse to an on-looker than when you are involved, I have seen fights that looked real bad and then the people walked away as if nothing happened.

    That Video

  • The essay The Relevance of the Beautiful suggests that “the mere on-looker who indulges in aesthetic or cultural enjoyment from a safe distance, whether in the theatre, the concert hall, or the seclusion of solitary reading, simply does not exist” (RB 130).

    Gadamer's Aesthetics

  • "Are they from DeVry?" one on-looker asked The Transom.

    Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

  • They conversed among themselves only in whispers, until even the whispering ceased, and nothing could be heard but the steady ticking of the clock, and now and then the quick-drawn breath of some timid on-looker.

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

  • Any uninformed on-looker would have seen that some misborn diseased beast, not a man at all, lay in its final and doubtless felicitous agonies upon that rough bed.

    The Fortress of the Pearl

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