Origin of gowk
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Historical Examples of 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
noun Scot and Northern English dialect
Word Origin 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.