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 But from the ground, the destruction is clear and devastating: A 33-foot wide, 13-foot gouge into the earth that began in the 1940s with an Allied sortie and ended Sunday morning in a massive blast in a barley field in central Germany. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "A mysterious explosion left a crater in a German field. It may have been a WWII bomb.," 25 June 2019 Erlewine carefully rubs the gouges in the wood that run parallel to the strings between the bridge and the sound hole, a sign of the force with which Willie plays. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Willie Nelson’s 50-year Love Affair with Trigger, His Faithful Guitar," 23 Nov. 2019 The accident left him with a deep gouge curving from the middle of his chin up through the edge of his lips, twisting his mouth into a slight but permanent sneer. Los Angeles Times, "They lived on the porous border between haves and have-nots. They died in a double murder-suicide," 10 Oct. 2019 Today, the houses's fifteen-feet-high oak doors, shaded by Callery pear trees on the north side of the street, bear gouges from that crow bar. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "The Secret History of Jeffrey Epstein's New York Townhouse," 10 July 2019 The tools were chisels and gouges with a variety of blades; Mr. Esterly had 130 such implements on hand at his workbench. BostonGlobe.com, "David Esterly, master carver steeped in history and nature, dies at 75," 22 June 2019 The pivoting tires dug 3-4 inches gouges in the lawn. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Why is my basil turning brown? And how does one repair tire marks in a yard?," 5 Sep. 2019 The tools were chisels and gouges with a variety of blades; Mr. Esterly had 130 such implements on hand at his workbench. BostonGlobe.com, "David Esterly, master carver steeped in history and nature, dies at 75," 22 June 2019 No, Ser Gregor doesn’t drop him or perform his famous eye gouge. James Hibberd, EW.com, "See The Mountain from Game of Thrones lift Ed Sheeran over his head," 13 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The result is frustrated drivers swerving haphazardly around gouged and pockmarked roads. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Why you're seeing potholes earlier than usual this year — and what to do about them," 22 Jan. 2020 This has enabled some firms to gouge their customers and book abnormally high profits. The Economist, "Inequality could be lower than you think," 28 Nov. 2019 Levees and revetments, the reinforcements lining the banks, prevent the Mississippi from scouring its sides or gouging out sections of its floodplain. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Dredging, dams and other river controls starve places downriver of much-needed sediment," 15 June 2019 Johnson lunged out of his seat and attacked a man, head-butting his foe and attempting to gouge his eyes, witnesses told police. Joseph Cranney, ProPublica, "These Judges Can Have Less Training Than Barbers but Still Decide Thousands of Cases Each Year," 27 Nov. 2019 His plan said: Large Internet service providers have enjoyed government funding, protection from competition, and light regulation while gouging customers with some of the highest prices for service in the world. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Bernie Sanders vows to break up huge ISPs and regulate broadband prices," 7 Dec. 2019 When Irma had finally moved on, the family emerged from their hideaway to discover that the storm surge and wind had gouged holes in two sides of the house and had swept away Ms. Carty’s sister from her home next door. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "After a Caribbean Hurricane, the Battle Is Where, or Even Whether, to Rebuild," 7 Oct. 2019 Just be careful not to scratch or gouge the surface. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Super Glue," 24 June 2019 In 2016, a tiny piece of space debris gouged a quarter-inch hole of glass out of one of the windows on the International Space Station (ISS). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The European Space Agency Is Sending a Robot to Hug Junk Out of Space," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

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