By White John Williams 1849-1917
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Go on, found in the slang phrase gaun yersel used to express encouragement or approval to someone. ; often used as a kind of request, Gaunie help me wi this? Gaunie no shout (=Will you please not shout)? gawkit 1. clumsy, awkward: The gawkit teenager had become a lovely, poised young woman. 2. stupid: He was too gawkit to see that he was being conned. [From gawk, a fool, a clumsy person] 58 THE CONCISE DICTIONARY OF SCOTTISH WORDS AND PHRASES gean a wild cherry, a wild cherry tree. [The word has connections with Old French guigne, a kind of cherry] get to succeed in going somewhere, to be allowed to go somewhere: I didn’t get to the match; the boss wouldn’t give me time off.
2. a rubbish tip. crabbit bad-tempered, cross; in a bad temper, grumpy: Jack’s crabbit because he has a hangover. [English crabbed] crack conversation, chat, gossip, news: Come in and gie (=give) us your crack. cranachan a popular Scottish dessert made from cream, honey, soft oatmeal and raspberries, sometimes with the addition of crowdie and/or whisky. [A Gaelic word meaning a drink of sweetened whisked milk] craw 1. a crow. 2. to crow, to boast: He’s crawin’ about his new job. creel a large basket: fisherwomen selling fish from their creels.
From Gaelic for an earwig, gobhlag; in Scots, an earwig is sometimes called a horny golach] 61 THE CONCISE DICTIONARY OF SCOTTISH WORDS AND PHRASES gomerel a stupid person, a fool: Some gomerel’s bought Jock’s old wreck of a car. [May have its origins in goam a Scots word meaning to fail to notice something, and may have connections with English gormless] gowan a daisy or a marguerite. [The word has been popularized by Burns’ use of it in Auld Lang Syne—‘We twa hae pu’d the gowans fine’ meaning literally We two have pulled the fine gowans] gowk a fool, a simpleton: You must think I’m a real gowk to be taken in by that trick.