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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German gaffen (to gape; to stare), from Old High German *gaffōn, from Proto-Germanic *gapōną (to gaze, observe); influenced by and partly merged with Middle High German kaffen, a variant of kapfen (to look, look surprised, gawk, wonder), from Old High German kapfēn (to look, stare, gawk, gape), from Proto-Germanic *kapjaną. Cognate with Dutch gapen, English gape; and also to English cape, keep.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡafɱ̩/, /ˈɡafən/

VerbEdit

gaffen (third-person singular simple present gafft, past tense gaffte, past participle gegafft, auxiliary haben)

  1. to stare at curiously, rubberneck

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