Initials have been gouged into a tree trunk.
- The definition of a gouge is a dent or rough hole or indentation.
When a piece of wood has a big dent in it, this is an example of a gouge.
- To gouge is defined as to create a dent or a disfiguring rough hole or groove, or to cheat someone by charging higher prices than what is fair.
- When you take a knife and cut on the counter top, denting the wood counter below it, this is an example of a time when you gouge the counter.
- When you charge someone $400 for something that cost you $2 only because he does not know any better, this is an example of a time when you gouge.
- a chisel with a curved, hollowed blade, for cutting grooves or holes in wood
- an act of gouging
- the groove or hole made by gouging
- any deep groove or hole that is considered a blemish
- Informal an act of overcharging or cheating of money; extortion or swindle
Origin of gougeMiddle English from Old French from Vulgar Latin gubia, for Late Latin gulbia from Celtic (as in Old Irish gulban, goad, thorn) from Indo-European base an unverified form gelebh-, to scrape, hollow out from source Classical Greek glaphein, to carve
transitive verbgouged, goug′ing
- to make a groove, hole, etc. in (something) with or as with a gouge
- to scoop out; dig or force out: to gouge out dirt
- in fighting, to push one's thumb into the eye of
- Informal to cheat out of money, etc.; also, to overcharge
- A chisel with a blade that has a rounded, angled, or troughlike indentation along its length.
- a. A scooping or digging action, as with such a chisel.b. A groove or hole scooped with or as if with such a chisel.
- Informal A large amount, as of money, exacted or extorted.
transitive verbgouged, goug·ing, goug·es
- To cut or scoop out with or as if with a gouge: “He began to gouge a small pattern in the sand with his cane” ( Vladimir Nabokov )
- a. To force out the eye of (a person) with one's thumb.b. To thrust one's thumb into the eye of.
- Informal To extort from.
- Slang To swindle.
Origin of gougeMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin gubia variant of gulbia of Celtic origin
left to right: hollow, parting, and fluting gouges
- A cut or groove, as left by something sharp.
- The nail left a deep gouge in the tire.
- A chisel, with a curved blade, for scooping or cutting holes, channels, or grooves, in wood, stone, etc.
- A bookbinder's tool with a curved face, used for blind tooling or gilding.
- An incising tool that cuts forms or blanks for gloves, envelopes, etc.. from leather, paper, etc.
- (mining) Soft material lying between the wall of a vein and the solid vein.
- (slang) Imposition; cheat; fraud.
- (slang) An impostor; a cheat.
(third-person singular simple present gouges, present participle gouging, simple past and past participle gouged)
Noun from Old French gouge, itself from Late Latin gulbia (“piercer”), from Gaulish (compare Scottish Gaelic gilb (“chisel”), Welsh gylyf (“sickle”)), from *gulbi (“beak”) (compare Old Irish gulba, Welsh gylf, Old Breton golb).