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

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 The tools were chisels and gouges with a variety of blades; Mr. Esterly had 130 such implements on hand at his workbench. New York Times, "David Esterly, 75, Master Carver Steeped in History and Nature, Dies," 21 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But this would mean that Americans would have to agree to no longer be gouged by the profit-seeking medical/industrial establishment that will fight like hell to continue to profit from human suffering. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Caring about cost of health care; A price too high to pay?; Make classrooms manageable (8/16/19)," 16 Aug. 2019 That its landscape gouged by movement, deformed by violence, was taken over by people often haunted by ghosts. John Freeman, BostonGlobe.com, "Téa Obreht’s ‘Inland’ a poetic journey into loneliness and the American West," 15 Aug. 2019 This time, instead of gouging a hole in her hand with her nail, Billie accidentally ripped the ENTIRE THING off! Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish Ripped Off Her Entire Fingernail and the Pictures Are Terrifying," 30 July 2019 And during the Soviet era, Russia planned to funnel the volume of the entire Siberian rivers to cotton fields thousands of miles away in Central Asia, using canals gouged by atom bomb blasts. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "India is in a historic water crisis. Will diverting 30 rivers solve it?," 6 Mar. 2019 The Colorado teen, who wishes to not to be identified, was gouged in his right thigh after being struck by the bison with his horn, during a hike in the North Dakota state park. Nadia Suleman, Time, "Colorado Teen is Hospitalized After Bison Attack at Theodore Roosevelt National Park," 30 July 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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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
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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