gouge

noun
\ˈgau̇j \

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

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 On Thursday, supporters of the agriculture safety net easily defeated an attempt to weaken the government’s sugar program, which critics say gouges consumers by propping up sugar prices. Andrew Taylor, BostonGlobe.com, "Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill," 18 May 2018 On Thursday, supporters of the agriculture safety net easily defeated an attempt to weaken the government's sugar program, which critics say gouges consumers by propping up sugar prices. Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill," 18 May 2018 The bronze is covered with patina color, and gouges and markings on the colossal, golemlike figure read either as symbols or language — or perhaps a kind of cosmic wear and tear, harking back to sci-fi aliens. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "A Sci-Fi Showdown at the Met Museum’s Rooftop Garden," 12 Apr. 2018 By 1830 wagon wheels had carved gouges into the exterior walls of both homes, and Hollensbury had had enough. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "You Can Find America's Skinniest Home in This Charming Southern City," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Muthart was found gouging out her own eyes with her hands outside of a church in Anderson, South Carolina, on February 6. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Who Gouged Out Her Eyes Reveals Why She Did It, Says 'Life Is More Beautiful Now'," 10 Mar. 2018 After all, no one can say Stubban was gouged with this 1-cent medical bill. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "50,000% markup for a shot makes the case for a single-payer healthcare system," 15 June 2018 How greedy drug company CEO Bob Hugin gouged cancer patients and enabled Donald Trump. Lev Facher, STAT, "Read the fine print: N.J. senator sets up phony health news website to attack challenger Bob Hugin," 13 July 2018 These boards are screwed and glued together, and are often cut and gouged. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Ursula von Rydingsvard wows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and at the Fabric Workshop, too," 31 May 2018 Skokie sues Evanston, claims city trying to gouge it by hiking cost of Lake Michigan water. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Rauner praises Trump for executive order halting family separations, calls for immigration reform," 22 June 2018 If a black vulture cannot kill its target, typically via gouging out its eyes or tearing at other soft and exposed tissues, then the animal is often left to bleed out. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 The gas stations agreed not to gouge prices in the future, according to Paxton. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "Gas stations will refund customers after Hurricane Harvey price gouging," 5 July 2018 Who’s behind it: The labor union SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West says clinics gouge patients who have private insurance and that the initiative will ensure fair pricing. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 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

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

Verb

see gouge entry 1

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More Definitions for gouge

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

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

gouge

noun
\ˈgau̇j \

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 \

Medical Definition of gouge 

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

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