\ ˈau̇ch How to pronounce ouch (audio) \

Definition of ouch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used especially to express sudden pain



Definition of ouch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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
2 obsolete : clasp, brooch

Examples of ouch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection Styr bludgeoned in the head with a hammer by Jon Snow Ouch. 12. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Game of Thrones," 29 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This later led to hospital visits for scans and tests, including a needle biopsy (ouch), all of them inconclusive. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019 There's traditional waxing (ouch), hair removal creams and mousses (somewhat reliable), laser hair removal (brilliant, but expensive), threading (great for small areas), and then there's sugaring. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Sugaring 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Hair-Removal Method," 4 Oct. 2019 Basic supplies such as notebooks, pencils, backpacks and lunchboxes will run - ouch! - about $117. Author: Laura Daily, Anchorage Daily News, "How to save money during back-to-school mania this year," 11 Aug. 2019 Any potential deal could involved Ivan Rakitic, who is the only player the French champions would be interested in having from Barca, Sport add (Philippe Coutinho says: ouch). SI.com, "Barcelona & Neymar Increasingly Confident of Reuniting as PSG Discuss Loan With Option to Buy," 4 Aug. 2019 Every now and then, the tool edge would hit (ouch) the outer face of the upper teeth. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Was Science Wrong About Being Right?," 18 May 2018 The researchers, led by Anthony Lantian (a professor of psychology at the University Paris Nanterre), set out to examine the link between belief in conspiracy theories and the need for uniqueness (ouch). Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Believing in UFOs Is More Fun When You’re the Only One," 21 Dec. 2017 Matt Nieto didn’t practice Wednesday after taking a Shea Weber slap shot (ouch) to the calf area in the third period of the Avalanche’s Tuesday victory over Montreal. Terry Frei, The Denver Post, "Sidney Crosby, with Penguins’ dads in tow, hits Denver in search of 1,000th career point," 8 Feb. 2017 Ouch: Dan Otero had his left arm wrapped in an elastic sleeve from his elbow to his wrist. Paul Hoynes, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians option Mike Clevinger to Class AAA Columbus, but he shall return," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of ouch


1838, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ouch


origin unknown


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouch. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ouch

used to express sudden pain
\ ˈau̇ch How to pronounce ouch (audio) \

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used especially to express sudden pain

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