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ouch

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noun \ ˈau̇ch \

Definition of ouch

1 obsolete :clasp, brooch
2 a :a setting for a precious stone
  • thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold
  • —Exodus 28:11 (King James Version)
b :jewel, ornament; especially :a buckle or brooch set with precious stones
  • your brooches, pearls, and ouches
  • —William Shakespeare

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Origin and Etymology of ouch

Middle English, alteration (from misdivision of a nouche) of nouche, from Anglo-French nusche, nouche, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German nusca clasp


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ouch

interjection

Definition of ouch

used especially to express sudden pain

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Origin and Etymology of ouch

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OUCH Defined for English Language Learners

ouch

interjection

Definition of ouch for English Language Learners

  • —used to express sudden pain


OUCH Defined for Kids

ouch

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interjection \ ˈau̇ch \

Definition of ouch for Students

used especially to express sudden pain


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