British Dialect. cuckoo.
a fool or simpleton.
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How to use gowk in a sentence
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 | Neil Munro
Just take yoursel' away, if ye please; for really ye're tormenting me—making a perfect gowk o' me, for neither end nor purpose.'Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17 | Alexander Leighton
I would offer to do this myself, only I'm a great heavy gowk, and Haggis is no' much better.The Fiery Totem | Argyll Saxby
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
British Dictionary definitions for gowk
a stupid person; fool
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