Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To gaze in alarm; be terrified.
  • noun Astonishment; fear.

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  • verb intransitive, dialectal To gaze in alarm; be terrified; stare.
  • noun obsolete Astonishment; awe; fear.

Etymologies

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From Middle English glopen, probably from Old Norse glápa ("to stare vacantly"), from Proto-Germanic *glupanan (“to shine, gape”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghlub(h)- (“to yawn, gape”). Cognate with Icelandic glápa ("to watch, stare at"), Dutch gluipen ("to sneak"), Low German glupen ("to look askance, leer"), Scots gloup ("chasm, cleft"). See also gloppen.

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