Definition of rubberneck in US English:

rubberneck

verb

[no object]informal
  • Turn one's head to stare at something in a foolish manner.

    ‘a passerby rubbernecking at the accident scene’
    • ‘A number of people were starting to gather, rubbernecking at the fire.’
    • ‘I didn't feel like I was watching the response; I felt like I was rubbernecking.’
    • ‘People milled around, nosily loitering and rubbernecking.’
    • ‘People cried out in pain as security guards brandishing flagstaffs as batons pushed back the rubbernecking crowd to allow the procession to pass.’
    • ‘It's a bit like rubbernecking around the scene of an accident.’
    • ‘The strangest thing about this book is how compelling it is, and the compulsion of it is not simply that of the compulsion to rubberneck at the scene of a gruesome accident.’
    • ‘Outside, the crowd gathering to watch the crisis grows ever louder, and we realize they're not simply rubbernecking - they're angry!’
    • ‘Like rubbernecking at the scene of a fatal accident, I am repulsed yet, at the same time, I cannot seem to pull my eyes away.’
    • ‘But there were delays too on the eastbound carriageway as a result of drivers rubbernecking, which saw vehicles slowing down so their occupants could take a look at the accident scene rather than continuing to drive on.’
    • ‘The perfect way to rubberneck without holding up traffic; talk about a guilty pleasure.’
    • ‘The camera pans around, taking in the sights, just as you would if you were rubbernecking there in person.’
    • ‘Guards escorted us out of the shadows and into the morning sunlight of the street where curious neighbours rubbernecked from windows and doorways.’
    • ‘As the boyfriend and girlfriend slowly walked off, rubbernecking over their shoulders, McCraig suddenly spoke up.’
    • ‘The neighbors to the left of this house are out front, rubbernecking.’
    • ‘What should have been a ten minute trip to the Upper West Side turned into a winding adventure of gridlock, rubbernecking, loud horns and cruising endlessly for a parking space.’
    • ‘After a little more rubbernecking I took Ed to Canterbury Catherdral.’
    • ‘People on motorbikes, the most common means of transport in Hanoi, slowed down and rubbernecked.’
    • ‘As I rubbernecked, I noticed something on the road.’
    • ‘If someone's house down the road is set alight, you can't tell me you haven't made your way slowly down the street, rubbernecking as you ‘go to the shops to buy some milk’.’
    • ‘They disappeared into their houses, embarrassed at being caught rubbernecking.’
    glance, gaze, stare, gape, peer, fix one's gaze, focus
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noun

informal
  • A person who rubbernecks.

    • ‘And as a result, I guess I'm just kind of a rubberneck.’
    • ‘He never was one for being interested in that kind of thing, he hates rubbernecks with a passion.’
    • ‘That's one of the many pleasures of baseball - a guy can keep score, never miss a pitch, and still rubberneck at the spectacle in the stands.’
    • ‘I am very well aware that I, like just about everyone else I know, rubberneck at traffic accidents.’
    meddler, interferer, mischief-maker, troublemaker, gossip, scandalmonger, muckraker, eavesdropper, intruder, ghoul, gawker
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Pronunciation

rubberneck

/ˈrəbərˌnɛk//ˈrəbərˌnek/