gawgaw 1comm. powdery substance used to give firmness to laundered clothing; starch. Hay gawgaw di pamukot mu. Use starch in pasting it. Syn: almidor. (sem. domains: 5.6.4 - Wash clothes.) 2trans. to place starch on laundry. Gawgawan yu nan pantalon. Place starch on the pants. ‑an/‑in‑ ‑an. Language Of Borrowing: Tagalog.