gowk (plural gowks)
- (Northern England, Scotland) A cuckoo.
- A fool.
1816, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 8, in Old Mortality:
- "Ill-fard, crazy, crack-brained gowk, that she is!" exclaimed the housekeeper.
1976, Robert Nye, Falstaff:
- God has sent me gowks for secretaries.
2016, Kerry Greenwood, Murder and Mendelssohn, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 303:
- `You daft great gowk, puttin' yerself in the way of harm after all this time out of a war.'
- To make foolish; to stupefy.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)