gowk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Old Norse gaukr ‎(cuckoo).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gowk ‎(plural gowks)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland) A cuckoo.
  2. A fool.
    • 1816, Sir Walter Scott, Old Mortality, ch. 8:
      "Ill-fard, crazy, crack-brained gowk, that she is!" exclaimed the housekeeper.
    • 1976, Robert Nye, Falstaff:
      God has sent me gowks for secretaries.

Verb[edit]

gowk ‎(third-person singular simple present gowks, present participle gowking, simple past and past participle gowked)

  1. To make foolish; to stupefy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)