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

overcharge, soak, sting, surcharge

Antonyms: Verb

undercharge

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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

His game typifies the bomb-and-gouge style that is more commonly associated with younger players, with booming drives sprayed all over the course. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Is This the Year Phil Mickelson Wins the U.S. Open?," 11 Feb. 2019 The bomb-and-gouge style that prevails in the U. S.—in which players prioritize sheer length over accuracy—will be far less popular here. Brian Costa, WSJ, "The Beauty of Carnoustie Is Ugly Golf," 18 July 2018 Black had already contacted an expert in traffic accident reconstruction, and by Monday morning the man was examining the impact gouges, oil slicks, and tire marks at the scene. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Too Much Horsepower," 24 Dec. 2012 Scalpels, wood-carving gouges, and kitchen knives are perfect for adding details. Popular Mechanics, "How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro," 31 Aug. 2018 The birds had no feathers below their necks and chest areas, and they were covered in gouges on their breasts, legs, and heads. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. banned cockfighting in 1836. But this blood sport just won’t die," 29 May 2018 Japanese keyhole saws, gouges, a cheese-grater-like rasp called a microplane and, for the final steps, lots and lots of sandpaper. Bob Shallit, sacbee, "How an ‘accidental artist’ became the zen master of wood," 16 June 2018 Litterst also pointed out a baseball-size gouge in the marble of the penthouse’s ornate outer wall that was made by an errant antiaircraft bullet in 1942. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Battered by time, nature and antiaircraft fire, Lincoln Memorial gets facelift," 14 June 2018 More and more, the bomb-and-gouge game prevalent on a week-to-week basis on the PGA Tour is being rewarded in the majors. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Can a golfer with limited power still win the U.S. Open?," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roper gouged Wickey’s eyes, cut off one of his testicles and crushed his chest, according to court records. oregonlive.com, "Oregon woman sentenced to prison for gruesome attack on quadriplegic roommate," 7 June 2019 One death-row inmate in Polunsky, Andre Thomas, gouged out his own eyes and ate one. The Economist, "What it’s like to spend half a life in solitary confinement," 5 June 2019 The machines’ metal teeth gouge into the rock—a mix of red potassium salts, white sodium chloride, better known as table salt, and gray clay. James Marson, WSJ, "More Potash Coming to an Already Crowded Fertilizer Market," 29 July 2018 Tangled in the wreckage were doors and seats that had been gouged out of place, while passengers’ belongings and glass from broken windows littered the accident site. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment," 16 Oct. 2018 Martinsville, a paperclip-shaped track at 0.526 miles, typically forces drivers to gouge each other out of the way. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Keselowski routs field to earn win at Martinsville Speedway," 24 Mar. 2019 Telecom companies have used their expanding market power to gouge consumers and provide subpar service for years. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "A Public Option for the Internet," 8 May 2018 To avoid gouging the ceiling, hold the drywall knife or popcorn scraper at a very shallow angle. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling," 25 Jan. 2019 One man said that a cellmate’s eye was almost gouged out. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Germany seeks arrest of leading Syrian general on war crimes charges," 8 June 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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gouge

noun

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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