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  • noun Plural form of gowk.


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  • Craigengelt drew his cutlass an inch or two, and then returned it with violence into the scabbard — “Because there is a deeper stake to be played for than the lives of twenty harebrained gowks like you.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008

  • For some time the woman was too much occupied with her task to notice his presence, but when her labour was rewarded by a faint sigh, and a slightly-drawn breath parted the pale lips, she heard a grunt of satisfaction behind her; and turning her head, she exclaimed, "What gowks men are, to be sure."

    A Sailor's Lass Emma Leslie

  • There's them that's gowks enough to think ye're seein 'Sichts, when it's neither mair nor less than he'rt-sick laziness, and I was ance ane o' them mysel '.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro

  • A pair of gowks, were we not, in that darkening wood, quarrelling on an issue as flimsy as a spider's web, but who will say it was not human nature?

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn Neil Munro

  • "My saul," said the king, "ye shall gang roun 'to yere place again: these country gowks mauna ken the riddle without the labour."

    Notes and Queries, Number 51, October 19, 1850 Various

  • Plainly and crisply he had stated that he was leaving the country because the music-hall stage was given over to alien gowks.

    The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England A Tale of the Great Invasion 1928

  • Prince were gowks, who would do well to haud their blether.

    The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England A Tale of the Great Invasion 1928

  • "There's ower mony gowks in the land for a 'the mills to grind," said

    Masters of the Guild L. Lamprey 1910

  • But puir simple fowk like oorsel's 'ill hae no need to hing down the heid an' luik like gowks 'at disna ken mainners.

    Sir Gibbie George MacDonald 1864

  • I'm sair forfaughten this mony a year wi 'watching the puir gowks, trying to do God's wark wi' the deevil's tools.

    Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet An Autobiography Charles Kingsley 1847


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