used to signify:
- that one has caught, captured, or gained power over someone or something
- that one understands what someone has just said
Origin of gotchaphonetic spelling, spelled of informal or dialect, dialectal pronunciation of got you
Used to indicate understanding or to signal the fact of having caught or defeated another.
A game or endeavor in which one party seeks to catch another out, as in a mistake or lie.
Origin of gotchaContraction of got you.
- (colloquial) Got you; have you; as in capture or apprehend.
- I gotcha now, ya little twerp.
- (colloquial) Understand; comprehend.
- Yeah, I gotcha. Good thinkin'!
- (colloquial) Got you covered, got your back; when you have an advantage or responsibility over someone.
- Gotcha! Go on in...
- (colloquial) Got you back; as in after causing some form of retaliation or revenge against someone.
- Gotcha! And don't ever do that to me again.
- (colloquial) Got you by surprise; Exclamation indicating a successful trick or prank.
- Gotcha! They never notice the whoopie cushion!
- (colloquial) Got you by surprise; as in engineering or computer programming; typically an unintended consequence or problem caused by a small variation in areas such as command syntax, function definition, results application.