Definition of Rubberneck

1. Noun. A tourist who is visiting sights of interest.

Exact synonyms: Excursionist, Sightseer, Tripper
Generic synonyms: Holidaymaker, Tourer, Tourist
Derivative terms: Excursion, Excursion, Sightsee, Trip



2. Verb. Strain to watch; stare curiously. "The cars slowed down and the drivers rubbernecked after the accident"
Generic synonyms: Watch
Derivative terms: Rubber-necking

3. Noun. A person who stares inquisitively.
Exact synonyms: Rubbernecker
Generic synonyms: Looker, Spectator, Viewer, Watcher, Witness

Definition of Rubberneck

1. Noun. Someone who engages in rubbernecking, or turning and staring. ¹

2. Noun. (US obsolete) A tourist. ¹

3. Noun. Someone or something with a flexible neck. ¹

4. Verb. To watch by craning the neck (as though it were made of rubber), especially if the observer and observed are in motion relative to each other. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rubberneck

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rubberneck

rubbered
rubberier
rubberiest
rubberily
rubbering
rubberise
rubberised
rubberises
rubberising
rubberize
rubberized
rubberizes
rubberizing
rubberless
rubberlike
rubberneck (current term)
rubbernecked
rubbernecker
rubberneckers
rubbernecking
rubbernecks
rubberoid
rubbers
rubberstamp
rubberstamped
rubberstamping
rubberstamps
rubberwear
rubberwood
rubbery

Literary usage of Rubberneck

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1. The Best Short Stories of ... and the Yearbook of the American Short Story edited by Edward Joseph Harrington O'Brien (1918)
"rubberneck," returned Romeo sullenly. To show general scorn, ... He ruffled up his neck feathers, repeating " rubberneck, I'm cold as the deuce; ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research by American Society for Psychical Research (1915)
"When I tell about rubberneck Row I can smell limburger cheese, ... The writer once strolled past rubberneck Row, and while heads were not protruded from ..."

3. The Personality of American Cities by Edward Hungerford (1913)
"The " rubberneck wagons " were multiplying. Today Chinatown is frankly commercial. ... The paid guides and the " rubberneck wagons" have completed the ruin. ..."

4. The Personality of American Cities by Edward Hungerford (1913)
"The " rubberneck wagons " were multiplying. Today Chinatown is frankly commercial ... The paid guides and the " rubberneck wagons " have completed the ruin. ..."

5. The Personality of American Cities by Edward Hungerford (1913)
"The " rubberneck wagons " were multiplying. Today Chinatown is frankly commercial. ... The paid guides and the " rubberneck wagons" have completed the ruin. ..."

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