onlooker onlooker  /ˈɔn ˌlʊ kər/


  • (n) someone who looks on


  1. An onlooker, a student, has traveled in from her home in the suburbs to see the soldiers for herself.
  2. An orange plastic ball zips through the air, occasionally caroming off an onlooker or one of the swimmers.
  3. One onlooker tossed a stone at the corpse; another helped to hide it; for two days no one notified the authorities.


  • Coaching Clarity: Two or Three Things I Know about the Hollins' Situation

    If coach Lionel Hollins and general manager Chris Wallace weren't part of the Grizzlies' future, an uninformed onlooker wouldn't have known it from the team's draft workout Monday morning, where Hollins and Wallace sat at the back of the gym talking and new chief decision-maker Jason Levien was nowhere to be seen. But clarity finally came to the Grizzlies' increasingly messy coaching situation ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Memphis Flyer


  1. "The US cannot be a passive onlooker," said Djerejian, who is director of the Baker Institute at Rice University. "At the end of the day, the Israelis and the Palestinians have to strike the deal. But the US has an essential role to play."
    on Nov 28, 2007 By: Edward Djerejian Source: Forbes

  2. "Stephanie Tubbs Jones didn't like people; she loved people," Meek said. "She didn't shake constituents' hands; she warmly hugged them. She didn't just enter a room, sitting silently as an observing onlooker; she was the life of the party,...
    on Aug 21, 2008 By: Kendrick Meek Source: Afro American

  3. "CPI-M cadres are killing people and the West Bengal police are standing as an onlooker. More than 20,000 men, women and children are living in the open without any relief and rescue," Singh said.
    on Nov 12, 2007 By: Rajnath Singh Source:

Word of the Day
engender engender
/ɛn ˈdʒɛn dər /