from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A spectator; an onlooker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

    Joaquin Phoenix is my hero

  • 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 The Time Of Light

  • 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.

    Looking back to 1711

  • 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.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • 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.

    31 Screams: Marilyn Eastman

  • A looker-on is sending 2 men with rifles to pursue Daly and kill him.

    Dark Days at City Hall

  • 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.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • 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.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • 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.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • But the looker-on may sit too long and hold forth too curiously and domineeringly for his own health.

    The Common Reader, Second Series


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