- 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.
Initials have been gouged into a tree trunk.
- 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
- ☆ gouger
- 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 gouged, 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)