gawpus

gawpus

(ˈɡɔːpəs)
n
dialect a clumsy or silly person
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Perhaps most intriguing are moments of ventriloquism, when authors defend themselves (such as the Byron in Pisa episode of Noctes IV, one of the finest of the series), or when anecdotes about authors are offered (none better than Hogg's account of meeting Byron by chance in the Lake District, in which the poets drink heartily, take a brisk swim, and spy on Wordsworth, "as he was gaun staukin up and down on his own bakeside, grumbling out some of his havers, and glowering about him like a gawpus").