Origin of gowk
Examples from the Web for gowk
It's no use just to be a good husband to her: any gowk can be that.A Safety Match|Ian Hay
But the story of the Cuckoo has made its local name the "Gowk" synonymous with an inhabitant of the vale.Lays and Legends of the English Lake Country|John Pagen White
It was no more an essay than a twig is a tree, for the gowk had stuck in the middle of his second page.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Ye hinnae as muckle o' the Sicht as wad let ye see when Leevie was makin' a gowk o' ye to gar ye hang oot signals for her auld jo.Doom Castle|Neil Munro
In France the party fooled is called un poisson d'avril, 'an April fish'; in Scotland, a 'gowk', or cuckoo.
British Dictionary definitions for gowk
noun Scot and Northern English dialect
Word Origin for gowk
Word Origin and History for gowk
"cuckoo," early 14c., from Old Norse gaukr, from Proto-Germanic *gaukoz (cf. Old English geac, Old High German gouh). Meaning "fool" attested from c.1600.