Definition of gowpen in English:



  • 1A space formed by both hands cupped together to form a bowl.

    ‘he had a guinea pig in his gowpen’
    • ‘I was in the cooking lab cupping pieces of marinated fish in my gowpen and getting the oil ready to fry them.’
    1. 1.1 A quantity that fills both hands cupped together.
      ‘a gowpen of the sugar’
      • ‘You come here with a very singular story, and nowt to back it but a glib tongue and your smooth, innocent-like young face—and you go back hame with a heaped gowpen of gold.’
      • ‘She took three gowpens of water and carried them home in her pail.’
      • ‘He plunged his hand into his pocket, and brought out a gowpen of coins.’
      • ‘Before you even peek in the considering glass, take a gowpen of water and throw it over your face.’
      • ‘He took a gowpen of his own double chins, hoisting his head erect.’


Middle English: from Old Norse gaupn, from Old High German.