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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
gow

1915, "opium," from Cantonese yao-kao "opium," literally "drug-sap;" used as such by Raymond Chandler, etc.; by 1950s meaning had expanded to "pictures of nude or scantily clad women," hence gow job "flashy girl," which in teenager slang came to also mean "hot rod."

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Gow (surname)

Gow is a Scottish surname. The name is derived from the Gaelicgobha, meaning 'smith'. The name is represented in Scottish Gaelic as Gobha.

The Gow surname is associated chiefly with the Perthshire and Inverness-shire part of the Scottish Highlands and is part of the Clan Chattan Confederation and a sept of Clan Macpherson.

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Gow may refer to:

  • Gow (surname), people with the surname Gow
  • The Grapes of Wrath, a classic novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939
  • Gangs of Wasseypur, an Indian film directed by Anurag Kashyap, released in 2012

In gaming:

  • Gears of War, a third-person shooter series developed by Epic Games for the Xbox 360
  • Gears of War (video game), the first game in the Gears of War series
  • Git for Windows, aka MSysGit, software package, http://msysgit.github.io/
  • God of War (series), an action-adventure series for the PlayStation platforms, loosely based on Greek mythology
  • God of War (2005 video game), the first game in the God of War series for the PlayStation 2
  • God of War (PlayStation 4 video game), the next installment in the series in development for the PlayStation 4; loosely based on Norse mythology
  • Pai Gow and Tien Gow, Chinese gambling games
  • Game of War: Fire Age, an iPhone-based MMO produced in 2013 by Machine Zone, Inc.

Places:

  • Gow, Iran, a village in Kerman Province
  • Gow crater
  • The Gow School
  • Gopher Ordnance Works, the ruins of a WWII-era gunpowder factory near Rosemount, Minnesota

Literature:

  • God of War comics'', a limited six issue comic book series based around the video game series
  • God of War novel, a novelization of the first game in the video game series

Usage examples of "gow".

He played in the living room until around 5:30, then Gow took him back upstairs to the nursery, which, as you approach the house, was the room in the far left rear of the second floor.

They rubbed his chest with Vicks VapoRub, then Gow quickly made a simple undershirt for him out of some leftover cream-colored cotton flannel.

They were supposed to have gone out that evening, but had to cancel the date when Gow was called to Hopewell.

At around the same time, Gow went back to the nursery to check on Charlie.

Perhaps Colonel Lindbergh had him, she suggested, then went into the nursery while Gow ran downstairs to the library.

Betty Gow searched the house from cellar to attic on her own, opening every closet.

She had also worked in Detroit, where a mobster called Scotty Gow operated, sometimes dabbling in kidnapping for profit.

He said further that the kidnapping gang consisted of four men, the leader of whom he said was a high-level government employee, that neither Betty Gow nor Red Johnson were involved, and that the crime had been planned for a year, waiting until the baby was old enough that they could keep him alive away from home.

Schwarzkopf then broke the news to Betty Gow, then to Elizabeth Morrow.

Violet learned that Betty Gow was going to Hopewell instead of Charlie and his parents returning to Next Day Hill.

That night, Sharpe again became hysterical, this time in the presence of Betty Gow and other servants, swearing the police would not take her away and that she would answer no more questions.

Condon that both Betty Gow and her boyfriend Red Johnson were innocent.

Saila, Garma Zavi was piloting the Gow bomber we ran into after leaving Side 7 and your brother was probably in the same area.

When old Gow Yum needed to go to San Francisco to sign certain papers before the Chinese Consul, permission had first to be obtained from San Quentin.

It had never occurred to Amuro when he had tried so hard to knock out the Gow carrier that it had been commanded by Garma Zavi.