1An awkward or foolish person (often as a general term of abuse).
- 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.
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