gouge

noun
\ ˈgau̇j How to pronounce gouge (audio) \

Definition of gouge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

gouge

verb
gouged; gouging

Definition of gouge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to scoop out with or as if with a gouge (see gouge entry 1 sense 1)
2a : 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

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Other Words from gouge

Verb

gouger noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for gouge

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Use a gouge or rotary tool ($50, The Home Depot) to etch large sections. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, "Learn How to Etch a Pumpkin for Halloween," 15 Oct. 2020 Create a scratchy texture by roughly scraping a gouge across pumpkin flesh. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, "Learn How to Etch a Pumpkin for Halloween," 15 Oct. 2020 There were two questions regarding his game entering last week: Would U.S. Open rough defeat his bomb-and-gouge strategy? Star Tribune, "Prep football on way back, Kirk Cousins on way down," 21 Sep. 2020 These scores and gouges can reveal a lot about ancient ecosystems, though. Popular Science, "Dinosaur cannibalism was real, and Colorado paleontologists have the bones to prove it," 29 May 2020 The rest of that branch looks fine with beautiful, healthy looking leaves above the gouge. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Make sure rhododendrons get enough water through dry months," 3 May 2020 The Justice Department charged a New Jersey man for trying to commit fraud and price gouge during the coronavirus pandemic. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Justice Department charges man for price gouging of protective equipment in $45M scheme," 26 May 2020 If a smaller drugs firm tried to price-gouge, governments in the West and elsewhere have the powers to pass compulsory licensing orders in an emergency. The Economist, "Drug innovation is back in fashion," 23 May 2020 There is one branch with a large gouge on the bark. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Make sure rhododendrons get enough water through dry months," 3 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The most famous scene involved a torturer using a spoon to gouge out a victim's eye. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Utopia is a very good series released at exactly the wrong time," 14 Oct. 2020 Small farming towns allowed miners to gouge away at the countryside, hoping to pay for public services, create high-paying jobs and keep young people from leaving. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "There’s No Oil in Wisconsin. The Fracking Bust Hit It Anyway.," 8 Oct. 2020 Even David Johnson should get involved as the Cardinals look to gouge Carolina’s suspect defense. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers picks, predictions: Who wins Week 4 NFL game?," 30 Sep. 2020 Pinpoint iron shots are required to perplexing green complexes and sloping putting surfaces, otherwise golfers must gouge the ball from thick grass or navigate the course’s deep bunkering. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators golfer Ricky Castillo eager to test is game at U.S. Open," 15 Sep. 2020 But this isn’t set up to gouge anybody or penalize anybody. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Fewer fans mean fewer dollars from Indiana high school football. Online broadcasts can help.," 28 Aug. 2020 So far, more than 125 official price-gouging complaints have come into DOJ through its hotline and online form. oregonlive, "Some Oregon stores take advantage of coronavirus crisis to jack up prices on masks, toilet paper; attorney general on the case," 2 Apr. 2020 Several states have anti-gouging laws prohibiting big price increases in a time of emergency. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "eBay bans sale of masks and hand sanitizer over gouging concerns," 6 Mar. 2020 Everybody is back there three‑wide ripping and gouging, trying to go hard. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Ford cars keep Chase Elliott's Chevrolet at bay at Talladega," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gouge

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gouge

Noun and Verb

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

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

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4 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gouge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gouge. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for gouge

gouge

noun
How to pronounce gouge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gouge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a metal tool with a curved, sharp end that is used to cut and shape wood
: a deep cut or hole

gouge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gouge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut a deep hole in (something)
: to make (a deep hole) in something
US, informal : to make (someone) pay too much money for something

gouge

noun
\ ˈgau̇j How to pronounce gouge (audio) \

Kids Definition of gouge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a chisel with a curved blade for scooping or cutting holes
2 : a hole or groove made by cutting or scraping

gouge

verb
gouged; gouging

Kids Definition of gouge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a hole or groove in something by cutting or scraping

gouge

noun
\ ˈgau̇j How to pronounce gouge (audio) \

Medical Definition of gouge

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

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