Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GOWDS, n. Also gouds. A familiar or affectionate name for a child (Cai. 1950) or a married woman; also used as a term of address. [g Ćudz] Cai. 1911 John o' Groat Jnl. (3 Feb.):
A'm at fard's gouds.
Cai. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.:
Weel, Gowds, foo are ye the day?

[From Gowd + hypocoristic -s, as in Breek(l)ums, Crootles. Cf. also Gowdie, n.3]

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