gouge

1 of 2

noun

1
: a chisel with a concavo-convex cross section
2
a
: the act of gouging
b
: a groove or cavity scooped out
3
: an excessive or improper charge for something : extortion

gouge

2 of 2

verb

gouged; gouging

transitive verb

1
: to scoop out with or as if with a gouge (see gouge entry 1 sense 1)
2
a
: to force out (an eye) with the thumb
b
: to thrust the thumb into the eye of
3
: to make (someone) pay too much for something : overcharge
gouger noun

Examples of gouge in a Sentence

Noun The accident left a big gouge in the side of the car. Verb The lamp fell and gouged the table. A bomb had gouged a large crater in the street. They feel that they are being gouged by the oil companies.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Each one had a tool kit that included sickles, axes, gouges and handheld razors used to cut hair or cloth. Katie Hunt, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 Wyatt Jay Charles Brooks is recovering at home from cuts and gouges to his face and neck. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 25 Mar. 2024
Verb
Stewart admitted that all corporations, meaning Apple as well, are gouging customers. Zack Sharf, Variety, 14 June 2024 Stewart acknowledged it and said that all corporations are gouging customers, and Summers acknowledged that raising interest rates softens the labor market. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for gouge 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle English gowge, from Middle French gouge, from Late Latin gulbia

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gouge was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gouge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gouge. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

gouge

1 of 2 noun
1
: a chisel with a curved blade for scooping or cutting holes
2
: a hole or groove made with or as if with a gouge

gouge

2 of 2 verb
gouged; gouging
1
: to cut holes or grooves in with or as if with a gouge
2
: to force out (an eye) with the thumb
3
gouger noun

Medical Definition

gouge

noun
: a chisel with a concavo-convex cross section for removing portions of bone in surgery

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