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BOWK, Bouk, v. and n. [bʌuk]

1. v. (1) “To retch “ (Mry.1 1925, bowk, bouk; Bnff.9 1927; Abd.9, Ags.1, Edb.1 1935). Rxb.(D) 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 14:
Ei says ei's leike ti bowk. A dinna wunder at eet; ei ett till ei was leike ti burst.

(2) “To emit or eject smoke” (centr.–w. Rxb. 1923 Watson W .-B.); ppl.adj. bowkin. Rxb.(D) 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes an Knowes 18:
A keek oot ov a slaistert woark-place wundih on ti bowkin lums.

2. n. “A vomiting, or the retching preceding the same” (Abd.9, Ags.1 1935). Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 195:
An' syne he gaed a fearfu' bowk, An' bang'd them a' for spuein' Clear drink that day.

[O.Sc. has bolk (15th cent.), to belch, which becomes regularly bowk in Mod.Sc. The l form is found also in Eng. dial. and in Mid.Eng. bolken, bulken. Cf. Du. bulken, to roar, and O.E. bealcan, to belch, utter (Sweet).]

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