Definitions

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  • n. A bowl made of the two hands cupped together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See goupen.

Etymologies

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From Old Norse gaupn.

Examples

  • A lodging, such as it was, was readily granted to them in some of the out-houses, and the usual awmous (alms) of a handful of meal (called a gowpen) was scarce denied by the poorest cottager.

    The Antiquary

  • (called a gowpen) was scarce denied by the poorest cottager.

    The Antiquary

  • The lock, signifying a small quantity, and the gowpen, a handful, were additional perquisites demanded by the miller, and submitted to or resisted by the

    The Monastery

  • The farmer’s dame lacked her usual share of intelligence, —perhaps also the self-applause, which she had felt while distributing the awmous (alms) in shape of a gowpen (handful) of oatmeal to the mendicant who brought the news.

    Chapter VI

  • 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, and mair in the kist ahint of that.

    Copper Streak Trail

  • The farmer's dame lacked her usual share of intelligence, perhaps also the self-applause which she had felt while distributing the awmous (alms), in shape of a gowpen (handful) of oatmeal, to the mendicant who brought the news.

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • The _lock_, signifying a small quantity, and the _gowpen_, a handful, were additional perquisites demanded by the miller, and submitted to or resisted by the _Suckener_ as circumstances permitted.

    The Monastery

  • (alms), in shape of a gowpen (handful) of oatmeal, to the mendicant who brought the news.

    Guy Mannering — Complete

  • Besides, a bag was suspended in the mill for David Ritchie’s benefit; and those who were carrying home a melder of meal, seldom failed to add a gowpen [Handful] to the alms-bag of the deformed cripple.

    The Black Dwarf

  • In bulk and in value his volume stands in the same relation to Mr. Dick’s, as a handful, I may say a _gowpen_ of chaff does to a grain of wheat, or a bushel of sawdust to an ounce of meal.

    Spare Hours

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  • The soda bread recipe lists

    Ingredients in gowpens and fists.

    So would you know how then

    To shape your own gowpen

    With palms that are joined at the wrists?

    April 7, 2018

  • JM reaches out and grasps his gowpen with both hands (as you do!).

    October 17, 2009