Gawk Gawk (g[add]k), n. [OE. gok, gowk, cuckoo, fool, Icel. gaukr cuckoo; akin to OHG. gouh, G. gauch cuckoo, fool, AS. g['e]ac cuckoo, Sw. g["o]k, Dan. gi["o]g] 1. A cuckoo. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. A simpleton; a booby; a gawky. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

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