gowpen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse gaupn.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gowpen (plural gowpens)

  1. (regional) A bowl made of the two hands cupped together.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 313:
      it was ordered by Marina, who had it framed and set up in her bedroom next to a picture of her brother at twelve or fourteen clad in a bayronka (open shirt) and cupping a guinea pig in his gowpen (hollowed hands) [...].