Words and Phrases
gowk

“gowk”

Meaning:

the cuckoo; a fool

Alternative spelling/meaning:

gouk

In Literature:

Excerpt from Address to Lettergull by Sarah Leech

Poor silly gowks, they thought the cry
of Sawney, who lay hid hard by,
their boasted courage thus to try
was that of Clootie

Excerpt from Address to the Cuckoo by Francis Boyle

Thou slip’st awa’ an’ lay’st thee down.
Poor silly gowk.

Excerpt from The Rearing of Mattie by Philip Robinson

“A telt-ye, ye gowk,” Aaron gasped.
“Ye hae ris oul Mateer”.


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