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- n. a cuckoo
- n. a fool
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make a, booby of one); to stupefy.
- n. The European cuckoo; -- called also gawky.
- n. A simpleton; a gawk or gawky.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cuckoo.
- n. A stupid fellow; a gawk. See gawk, 2.
- To make (a person) look like a fool or gawk; puzzle.
_Durak_, -- a "ninny" or "gowk" -- is sent to take care of the children of
The Scotch employ the term "gowk" to express a fool in general, but more especially an April fool; and among them the practice which we have described is called
GOWKED, from "gowk," to stand staring and gaping like a fool.
Thus "hunting the gowk" is to send someone on a fool's errand.
I looked at the Bailie, who acknowledged, in a whisper, “that the gowk had some reason for singing, ance in the year.”
He loved all Jenny's children deeply-especially Ian, the wee gowk whose mixture of foolishness and pigheaded courage reminded him so much of himself at that age.
When I heard her knock, I soared from the chair where I had been grinding at return-trip calculations, hit my knee on the desk, and in the pain swore at myself for a lubberly old gowk.
All the gowk in him came uppermost; he did not know what he was doing; he put the Bible awkwardly on the book-board in front of him, and it, too, slid to the floor with a noise even more alarming than that of the rolling sweet.
Leevie was makin 'a gowk o' ye to gar ye hang oot signals for her auld jo.
He called her a little ass and a gowk and a stupid idiot for doing such a thing, and she did not reproach him or answer back once.