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Definition of Gowpen
1. a double handful [n -S]
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Literary usage of Gowpen
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1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1894)
"gowpen, the hollow of both hands placed together. ... A "nief full" is one hand full, but a gowpen full is invariably both hands put together and filled. ..."
2. A Dictionary of Lowland Scotch: With an Introductory Chapter Onthe Poetry by Charles Mackay (1888)
"... the two palms together, and ihe hollow formed thereby is a gowpen. The miller would have had but a scanty " mouter " if his ..."
3. A Glossary of the Cleveland Dialect: Explanatory, Derivative, and Critical by John Christopher Atkinson (1868)
"1. The hollow or containing part of the hand. 2. The quantity that can be contained or held in the hollow of the hands. Also called gowpen-full. ..."
4. The Universal Anthology: A Collection of the Best Literature, Ancient by Richard Garnett, Leon Vallée, Alois Brandl (1899)
"... and whistling so clear — " Pancakes and butter is dainty fare; " Pancakes well buttered, face and back, And a gowpen' o' meal out of every man's sack; ..."