\ ˈgəu̇k, ˈgäk, ˈgōk\
plural -s

Definition of gowk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 dialectal, British : cuckoo
2 dialectal, British : simpleton, fool, gawk sat there all evening like a great gowk— Flora Thompson
\ ˈgəu̇k\

Definition of gowk (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scottish
: to gaze or stare vacantly

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History and Etymology for gowk


Middle English goke, gowke from Old Norse gaukr cuckoo; akin to Old English gēac cuckoo, Old High German gouh

Intransitive verb

Middle English (Scots dialect) gowken, perhaps from gowk, noun

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