from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See coup.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
"In God's name, girl, where were you brought up not to know what 'cowp' means!
'Should the boatie cowp, who would save him gin I was na at hand?' she asked.
He has expressed his love of _festina lente_ in business in a score of proverbs -- "Bit-by-bit's the better horse, though big-by-big's the baulder;" "Ca 'canny, or ye'll cowp;" "Many a little makes a mickle;" and "Creep before ye gang."
One surprising thing is how many ordinary words have an unknown or obscure etymology, for instance L8 of the LAE tip (v) shows eight words: cowp, keck, kick, shelve, shoot, skell, tip, tipe of which only shoot has a clear etymology and cowp may come from French.
Sallie Snadrap, and Kate o 'Minnieive, and it was to cowp wi' ye, what ane o'm wad ye _sink_? what ane wad ye _soom_? wha wad ye bring to lan '? and wha wad ye marry? "