from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spectator; an onlooker.
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- n. A spectator, onlooker.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a spectator; an onlooker; one that looks on, but has no agency or part in an affair.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who looks on; a spectator.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who looks on
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Most recently, Phoenix jumped off a stage during a performance to go after a looker-on who had been heckling him in Miami.
With the advantage of looker-on and a very deep experience of Northerners, he had noted that Ismail was lying and that Saunders was growing doubtful, although both men concealed the truth with what was very close to being art.
In short, I have acted in all parts of my life as a looker-on, which is the character I intend to preserve in this paper.
Now I was a mere looker-on; seldom an unmoved, and sometimes an angry spectator, but still a spectator only, of the pursuits of mankind.
Helen's relative inconsequentiality to the overall group dynamic - she's neither protagonist nor antagonist, more of a looker-on than a participant - renders her death as more of a side dish than an entree... but what a side dish.
A looker-on is sending 2 men with rifles to pursue Daly and kill him.
English tourists; and they always got up this farce, because, to avoid a street fight, the kindhearted looker-on would generally employ and pay them both, and perhaps give them a tip in addition to calm them down.
Since both GWB and the position we're hiring for are in fields radically different from my own, I guess I'll also have a third role this year: that of looker-on in the Renaissance market.
Whatever it might occur to them to try, he would carefully show them how to do it, explain the risks, and then either share the danger himself or, if that were not possible, stand aside and wait the event with that unhappy courage of the looker-on.
But the looker-on may sit too long and hold forth too curiously and domineeringly for his own health.