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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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POWK, v.2, n.2, adv.

I. v. 1. To walk in a heavy-footed way with a dull, thudding step (Bnff. 1966).Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 134:
He powkit up an' doon the burn fishin'.

II. n. A dull, hollow sound “caused by poking, or by anything falling into a hollow place” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 134).Ib.:
A hard the powk o' the stane, fin it strack the botham.

III. adv. Suddenly with a bump, in an awkward, heavy way, thud! thud! (Ib.).Ib.:
He fell powk heelster-gowdie in o' a hole i' the ditch, an' cam oot drookit like a droont moose. . . . He geed powk, powk ben the fleer.

[Prob. mainly onomat., but cf. Powt v.1, 5. There may have been formal influence from Powk, v.1, due to the equation of the latter with the synonymous Powt.]

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