Definitions

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  • n. A bowl made of the two hands cupped together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See goupen.

Etymologies

From Old Norse gaupn. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A lodging, such as it was, was readily granted to them in some of the out-houses, and the usual awmous (alms) of a handful of meal (called a gowpen) was scarce denied by the poorest cottager.

    The Antiquary

  • (called a gowpen) was scarce denied by the poorest cottager.

    The Antiquary

  • The lock, signifying a small quantity, and the gowpen, a handful, were additional perquisites demanded by the miller, and submitted to or resisted by the

    The Monastery

  • The farmer’s dame lacked her usual share of intelligence, —perhaps also the self-applause, which she had felt while distributing the awmous (alms) in shape of a gowpen (handful) of oatmeal to the mendicant who brought the news.

    Chapter VI

  • You come here with a very singular story, and nowt to back it but a glib tongue and your smooth, innocent-like young face -- and you go back hame with a heaped gowpen of gold, and mair in the kist ahint of that.

    Copper Streak Trail

  • The farmer's dame lacked her usual share of intelligence, perhaps also the self-applause which she had felt while distributing the awmous (alms), in shape of a gowpen (handful) of oatmeal, to the mendicant who brought the news.

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • The _lock_, signifying a small quantity, and the _gowpen_, a handful, were additional perquisites demanded by the miller, and submitted to or resisted by the _Suckener_ as circumstances permitted.

    The Monastery

  • (alms), in shape of a gowpen (handful) of oatmeal, to the mendicant who brought the news.

    Guy Mannering — Complete

  • Besides, a bag was suspended in the mill for David Ritchie’s benefit; and those who were carrying home a melder of meal, seldom failed to add a gowpen [Handful] to the alms-bag of the deformed cripple.

    The Black Dwarf

  • In bulk and in value his volume stands in the same relation to Mr. Dick’s, as a handful, I may say a _gowpen_ of chaff does to a grain of wheat, or a bushel of sawdust to an ounce of meal.

    Spare Hours

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  • JM reaches out and grasps his gowpen with both hands (as you do!).

    October 17, 2009