- a cuckoo
- a simpleton
Origin of gowkMiddle English goke, gouk from Old Norse gaukr, akin to Old English geac, German gauch, of echoic origin, originally
(third-person singular simple present gowks, present participle gowking, simple past and past participle gowked)
- To make foolish; to stupefy.
From the Old Norse gaukr (“cuckoo”).