The definition of gout is a form of arthritis characterized by swelling and pain that generally occurs in the hands and feet from an excess of uric acid.
An example of gout is a painful, swollen big toe.
- a hereditary form of recurrent, acute arthritis with swelling and severe pain, characterized by an excess of uric acid in the blood and deposits of uric acid salts, usually in the joints of the feet and hands, esp. in the big toe
- a large splash, clot, glob, etc.
Origin of goutMiddle English goute ; from OFr, gout, literally , a drop ; from Classical Latin gutta, a drop: origin, originally attributed to a discharge of drops of humors
- A disturbance of uric-acid metabolism occurring chiefly in males, characterized by painful inflammation of the joints, especially of the feet and hands, and arthritic attacks resulting from elevated levels of uric acid in the blood and the deposition of urate crystals around the joints. The condition can become chronic and result in deformity.
- A large blob or clot: “and makes it bleed great gouts of blood” (Oscar Wilde).
Origin of goutMiddle English goute, from Old French, drop, gout, from Medieval Latin gutta, from Latin, drop (from the belief that gout was caused by drops of morbid humors).
- (pathology, not countable) An extremely painful inflammation of joints, especially of the big toe, caused by a metabolic defect resulting in the accumulation of uric acid in the blood and the deposition of urates around the joints.
- (usually followed by of) A spurt or splotch.
- (rare) A disease of wheat and cornstalks, caused by insect larvae.