gowk (n.) "cuckoo," early 14c., from O.N. gaukr, from P.Gmc. *gaukoz (Cf. O.E. geac, O.H.G. gouh). Meaning "fool" attested from c.1600.

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  • Gowk — Gowk, v. t. [See {Gawk}.] To make a, booby of one); to stupefy. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gowk — Gowk, n. [See {Gawk}.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. The European cuckoo; called also gawky. [1913 Webster] 2. A simpleton; a gawk or gawky. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gowk — /gowk, gohk/, n. 1. Brit. Dial. cuckoo. 2. a fool or simpleton. [1275 1325; ME goke < ON gaukr; c. OE geac, G Gauch] * * * …   Universalium

  • gowk — [gouk, gōk] n. [ME goke, gouk < ON gaukr, akin to OE geac, Ger gauch, of echoic orig.] [Brit. Dial.] Brit. Dial. 1. a cuckoo 2. a simpleton …   English World dictionary

  • gowk — be·gowk; gowk·ed; gowk; gowk·it; …   English syllables

  • gowk — I Scottish Vernacular Dictionary Fool. My proud mother on birth of wee brother Hullo Auntie Jean, The bairn was born yesterday, April the 1st Elderly Auntie Jean Oh my goad yoov goat a gowk! Sounds of quiet sobbong from Ma II Cumbrian Dictionary… …   English dialects glossary

  • gowk — to kill a hooked fish by thrusting a stick down its throat (Scottish dialect) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • gowk — noun /ɡaʊk/ a) a cuckoo , 1976: God has sent me gowks for secretaries. Robert Nye, Falstaff b) a fool …   Wiktionary

  • gowk — a cuckoo; a fool Unusual Animals …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • gowk — n. (British) cuckoo; awkward and stupid person, lout, dolt, gawk (insulting term ) …   English contemporary dictionary

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