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gouge

noun \ ˈgau̇j \

Definition of gouge

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

Examples of gouge in a Sentence

  1. The accident left a big gouge in the side of the car.

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Origin and Etymology of gouge

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

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gouge

verb

Definition of gouge

gouged; gouging
transitive verb
1 :to scoop out with or as if with a gouge (see 1gouge 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

  1. The lamp fell and gouged the table.

  2. A bomb had gouged a large crater in the street.

  3. They feel that they are being gouged by the oil companies.

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Origin and Etymology of gouge

see 1gouge

gouge Synonyms

Synonyms
overcharge, soak, sting, surcharge
Antonyms
undercharge
Related Words
cheat, defraud, stick; clip, fleece, skin; mischarge

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GOUGE Defined for English Language Learners

gouge

noun

Definition of gouge for English Language Learners

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

  • : a deep cut or hole


gouge

verb

Definition of gouge for English Language Learners

  • : to cut a deep hole in (something)

  • : to make (a deep hole) in something

  • : to make (someone) pay too much money for something


GOUGE Defined for Kids

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gouge

noun \ ˈgau̇j \

Definition of gouge for Students

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

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gouge

verb

Definition of gouge for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

gouge

noun \ ˈgau̇j \

medical Definition of gouge

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


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