Definition of gowk in English:


Syllabification: gowk
Pronunciation: /ɡouk


British dialect
1An awkward or foolish person (often as a general term of abuse).
More example sentences
  • The victim of a joke is known in English as an April Fool; in Scots as a gowk (cuckoo or fool); and in French as a poisson d' avril.
  • You can find a gowk and send him off to get an unobtainable item (like striped paint or a one-ended stick).


Middle English (sense 2): from Old Norse gaukr.

Definition of gowk in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
turned backwards