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GAWPUS, GAUPUS, n. Also gap(p)us, -as, -is, gaapus, -as, -is, gapos; gaipas. [Sc. ′gɑ(:)pəs, but Cai. + ′ge:pəs]

1. A fool, a stupid clumsy lout, an open-mouthed vacant-minded person, esp. one given to talking much and foolishly (Sc. 1808 Jam., gapus; Mry. 1813 W. Leslie Agric. Mry. 456; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 59, gaupus; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), gapos; Cai.9 1939, gaapas; Ork., Cai., ne.Sc., Ags., Fif., Edb. 1954); “an indiscreet person” (Cai.8 1934, gaipas). Also in s.Eng. dial. Sc. 1826  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 141:
About Political Economy . . . I hae observed ae thing . . . that the greatest gawpuses are aye speakin about it.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 41:
What's the gapas feul taen twa hallows o' strae here for?
Sh. 1886  J. Burgess Sk. & Poems 54:
I winder 'at da gaapus canna see 'at dir naebody i' da hoose wantin' him.
Fif. 1890  A. Burgess Poute 119:
Ye mean greedy gawpus that ye are!
Kcd. 1934  “L. G. Gibbon” Grey Granite i. 20:
The gawpus blethered a lot of stite.
Ork. 1938  Scots Mag. (Aug.) 376:
Thoo great gowk, thoo great big stupid gappus, why did thoo no' tell me?

2. A big-mouthed person (Abd.4 1931); hence, the mouth itself. Abd. 1925 7 :
Apen yer gapus or I see yer teeth.

[From Gaup, gawp (in I.Sc. prob. rather from Gap-py), q.v., + -us, as in Docus, Gumpus, etc.]

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