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20:49 Jan 15, 2003
Gaelic to English translations [PRO]
Gaelic term or phrase: gowk
scottish
natasha


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5A gowk hunt = a wild goose chase
Peter Coles
4 +1a cuckoo; a simpleton
leff
4cuckoo
smarinella


  

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A gowk hunt = a wild goose chase


Explanation:
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    Reference: http://www.april-fools.info/hunting-gowk.htm
Peter Coles
Local time: 21:42
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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cuckoo


Explanation:
as a verb:
to gowk = to gaze or to stare vacantly

as anadj = foolish


    Webster's Third New Intern. Dict.
smarinella
Italy
Local time: 22:42
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
a cuckoo; a simpleton


Explanation:
gowk
n.
[Brit. Dial.]
1 a cuckoo
2 a simpleton

Etymology
[ME goke, gouk < ON gaukr, akin to OE geac, Ger gauch, of echoic orig.]
[Webster's]



leff
Local time: 22:42
Native speaker of: Native in PolishPolish
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