Definition of looking on in English:

looking on

noun

  • Observation or contemplation, especially when uninvolved or detached; an act or instance of this; in early use in "†to give (a person) the looking on": to observe (a person) without becoming involved in what he or she is doing (obsolete).

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Medwall (b. 1462), playwright.