• To make a, booby of one); to stupefy. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

  • Gowk (pronounced ɡaʊk) is a noun with a number of meanings. It is sometimes used to mean a cuckoo or an [awkward], [clumsy] or [stupid] person. Apparently the word goes back to ancient German and could mean a [bastard], [simpleton], or fool, which gives its commonest usage namely an awkward or foolish person. There is also a third totally distinct meaning; in [Geordie] dialect it means an apple core.

  • a simpleton, someone without much sense or brains.

  • The middle, normally inedible part, of a fruit or vegetable, containing seeds etc.