[gouk, gohk]


British Dialect. cuckoo.
a fool or simpleton.

Origin of gowk

1275–1325; Middle English goke < Old Norse gaukr; cognate with Old English gēac, German Gauch
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noun Scot and Northern English dialect

a stupid person; fool
a cuckoo

Word Origin for gowk

from Old Norse gaukr cuckoo; related to Old High German gouh
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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.

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