gowk

noun
\ 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 \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of gowk (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scottish

: to gaze or stare vacantly

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History and Etymology for gowk

Noun

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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