from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who idly stares in silly, open-mouthed wonder; a gaping, staring simpleton.
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Yet all I got sense enough to do is wave half-grown string-beans at her, and then sit by gawpy, balancin 'a cup of tea on my knee, and watch her apply the refrigeratin' process to the dumpy old girl whose name I didn't quite catch.
And me, I stands there, listenin 'gawpy, with my eyes beginnin' to blur.