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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GOCK, n. Also gok. Common in dims. gockie, gocky, gokie.

1. A deep wooden dish (Abd. 1825 Jam.). Also attrib. in comb. gocky-cog, id. (Abd. 1900 E.D.D.).ne.Sc. 1773 Weekly Mag. (25 Feb.) 274:
Hae, tak the fill o' the little gokie, Your hass to clear.
Abd. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads II. 99:
Put far awa' your china plates, . . . And bring to me my humble gockies.
Bnff. 1852 A. Harper Solitary Hours 75:
Ye sonsie looms erst made o' logs — Caups, gockies, bassies, Gabie-cogs.

2. See second quot.Abd. 1910:
Here's the lid o' a plump churn, vricht. Ye mith fit a new gock till't.
Abd. 1935 Abd. Press & Jnl. (19 April):
The staff to which was attached the plunger [of the churn] passed through a round hole in the centre of the lid, which was surmounted with a wooden cup, called a “gockie”.

[? Variant of Cog, n.1 The phonetics might be explained as due to a reborrowing of the word from Gael. an cog [əŋ ′go:k], the cog. For the dim. cf. Gael. cogan, gogan, a small wooden staved dish.]

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