Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
PAWK, n., v. Also pauk (Jam.). Cf. Pawkie, adj. [p:k]
I. n. A trick, ruse, stratagem; a wile, blandishment (Sc. 1808 Jam.).
w.Lth. 1768 W. Wilkie Fables 118:
Pawks and wiles, whar pith is wantin. m.Lth. 1811 H. MacNeill Bygane Times 18:
Nor kens the gate wi' saftening sound, And pawks, to bring ilk project round.
Hence pawk(e)ry, pawkrie, trickery, slyness (Sc. 1825 Jam.). See also joukery-pawkery s.v. Joukerie.
Slk. 1820 Hogg Tales (1874) 109:
Onye sikkan wylld sneckdrawing and pawkerye. Ayr. 1828 Galt R. Gilhaize II. xxi.:
He was sib to herself, had a spice of her pawkrie.
II. v., intr. To joke, clown, act in a mischievous, light-hearted way. Hence vbl.n. pawkin, mischief, drollery, fun, clowning.
Sc. 1886 Mod. Sc. Poets (Edwards) IX. 72:
His mither's heart cheer'd wi' his pawkin' an' glee.
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