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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MAGOWK, n., v. [mə′gʌuk]

I. n. In phr. magowk's day, April-fools' day, (Gsw., Ayr., Kcb. 1962), a variant of gowk's day, id. See Gowk, n.1, 6. (5).Gsw. 1910 H. Maclaine My Frien' 65:
They're gaun to shift a' the nocks in the country, startin' next magowk's day.

II. v. To make an April fool of one (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.; Fif., Gsw., Uls. 1962).

[Ma- + Gowk, v.1, 1. Cf. Begowk.]

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