Pronounced: LAM-bunt, adj

Notes: A word I don’t know

Yesterday’s word

The word gapeseed means

  • one who stares especially with an open mouth
  • something that is an object of staring; anything unusual
First usage

Our word came into English in the late 1500s

Background / Comments

Our word is a combination of gape, which comes from the Old Norse word gapa (to open the mouth; stare) and seed, which comes from the Old English word saed (seed). The idiom that the word comes from is “to sow gapeseed”, which means to stare at something (for example, a fair) instead of doing one’s word (such as sowing seed).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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