Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GOW, v.3 To bawl, howl, squeal; used by old people of youngsters crying on account of a hurt (Ork. 1911 Old-Lore Misc. IV. ii. 73). Ork. 1910  Ib. III. iv. 209:
I had no sooner got out from our house, fellow, when what did I hear but a lot of swine gowing about my feet.
Ork. 1911  Ib. IV. ii. 73:
Ye're gowing aboot dat like a dog gotten i the head wi' a bane.

[Prob. a curtailed form of Gowl, v.]

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