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gowk

(ɡaʊk)
n
1. a stupid person; fool
2. (Animals) a cuckoo
[from Old Norse gaukr cuckoo; related to Old High German gouh]

gowk

(gaʊk, goʊk)

n.
a fool or simpleton.
[1275–1325; Middle English goke < Old Norse gaukr; c. Old English gēac, Old High German gouh]
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In Scotland, April Fools' is a two-day affair where people "hunt the gowk," meaning they send people on fruitless adventures.
From tectonics point of view, this province contains the Tabas, Nayband, Kuh Banan, Gowk, Bam, Sazvaran and Minab fault systems.
Certains Eecossais parlent aussi de Gowk ou de Cuckoo.
Jane Austen's remarkably erotic Pride and Prejudice and our own Scottish Jane Austen, Nancy Brysson Morrison, and her remarkable book The Gowk Storm.
Hexham-based Amec's application for a mast at Gowk Hill, near Kirkwhelpington, was also given the go-ahead.
com/EBchecked/topic/30821/April-Fools-Day) "Gowkie Day" named after the gowk or cuckoo bird that represents the fool and the cuckold 6 which might mean the holiday has some sexual underpinning.
AMEC Wind Energy, in Hexham, has lodged an application for a 70m mast on Gowk Hill, Kirkwhelpington, to measure wind speed and direction for five years.
APRIL GOWK - April fool (Scotland and northern England) "Gowk" derives from the old Scandinavian "gaukr", meaning cuckoo, and it was recorded in the medieval period.
The application is for a 70m high mast on Gowk Hill, on the Ray Estate, Kirkwhelpington, which is owned by Lord Davenport.
Another somewhat similar example of the uncertainty involved is from Murison (1979: 34), mentioned above, where he states that gowk came into Scotland from the south and is not found in Scots in the Northern Isles.
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