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GOWD, n. Also goud. Gen.Sc. forms of Eng. gold, see P.L.D. § 78.2. [gʌud]

1. Used as in Eng. for the metal itself and for the colour of the metal. Now mostly liter. Also attrib. = made of gold, gilt, and fig. Dim. gowdie (Ags. 1897 A. Reid Bards of Ags. & Mearns 505). Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 43:
All Gou'd, or all Dirt. Spoken to them who are excessive both in their Fondness and Aversion.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 10:
Her hair just like the glowing threeds of goud, Frae lug to lug in bony ringlets row'd.
Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 63:
And thou, Edina! anes my dear abode, . . . In thae blest days, weel did I think bestow'd, To blaw thy poortith by wi' heaps o' gowd.
Ayr. 1795 Burns A Man's a Man i.:
The rank is but the guinea's stamp, The man's the gowd for a' that.
Slk. 1807 Hogg Mountain Bard 17:
O lady, 'tis dark, an' I heard the dead-bell, And darena gae yonder for gowd nor fee.
Sc. 1821 Scott Pirate ix.:
This same Captain . . . bought ane of the very waistcoats that I am ganging to show ye — purple, wi' a gowd binding, and bonnily broidered.
Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 5:
Geudwife, come i' the byre an' change claes wi' me, an' ye'se get a gowd guinea.
Ags. 1921 V. Jacob Bonnie Joann 17:
The autumn gowd an' siller At the hindmaist o' September month has grips o' trees an' shaw.

2. Phrs. & Combs.: (1) gowd in gowpens, see Gowpen, n., 2.; (2) gowdnap, see Gowden, adj., 2. (5); †(3) to lay gowd, to embroider with gold thread; †(4) to tak the gowd, to enlist in the Army, to take “the King's shilling.” (3) Sc. 1802 Scott Minstrelsy II. 78:
And I sall learn your turtle dow To lay gowd wi' her hand.
(4) Ags. 1790 D. Morison Poems 21:
The Serjant swore by kirk an' fair That Rob had ta'en the gowd.

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