- 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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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
In France the party fooled is called un poisson d'avril, 'an April fish'; in Scotland, a 'gowk', or cuckoo.
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
Late vernal equinoctial gales contemporary with the gowk or cuckoo.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Gowk's-spittle, The frothy matter frequently seen on the leaves of plants, S.An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language
- a stupid person; fool
- a cuckoo
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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