Definition of gowk in English:


Syllabification: gowk
Pronunciation: /gouk


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).
  • 2A cuckoo.


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

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