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 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 But from the ground, the destruction is clear and unforgiving: 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. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Massive blast leaves crater in German barley field," 25 June 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Michigan's Shea Patterson talks to reporters on Oct. 22, 2019, about the loss to Penn State and how his eye was gouged in the game. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan mailbag: Answers on football team's momentum and basketball's recruiting," 26 Oct. 2019 Capitalism has steamrolled this planet and its organisms, gouging out mountains, overexploiting fish stocks, and burning fossil fuels to power the maniacal pursuit of growth and enrich a fraction of humanity. Wired, "Capitalism Made This Mess, and This Mess Will Ruin Capitalism," 20 Sep. 2019 When Jackson confronted Bhasin, Bhasin beat him, stabbing him 53 times with a box cutter and gouging his eyes, according to testimony. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Man who thought he killed werewolf in Alexandria pleads not guilty by reason of insanity," 1 July 2019 When the Roadrunners were gouged for 75 yards in three plays on the opening drive? Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA’s loss to Army not a setback," 14 Sep. 2019 The woman was able to escape by gouging Roarx's eyes, the arrest citation states, and leaving the garage. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Woman gouges eyes of man who kidnapped, tried to rape her by Louisville Arby's, police say," 22 Aug. 2019 Regulatory complaints and a consumer lawsuit both question whether Apple has been abusing the power of its iPhone app store to thwart competition and gouge smaller technology companies that rely on it to attract users and sell their services. Michael Liedtke, Anchorage Daily News, "Say hello to ‘dark mode’ on iPhones and goodbye to iTunes," 4 June 2019 Over the years, he had been gouged, slashed, stripped, beaten, drugged, dumped in the snow and shot at. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Manchester’s John ‘Fast Jack’ Farrell, the notorious card and dice hustler, dies," 1 Aug. 2019 Hewlett looked to see if owners had posted price lists, as required by law to prevent black customers from being gouged. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Stuck on a shelf or locked in a safe, D.C.’s ‘Lost Laws’ still packed a punch," 14 Feb. 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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Gouge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gouged. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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