- Ouch is defined as a way to express pain.
When someone steps on a piece of glass, their exclamation is an example of ouch.
This person is about to say ouch!
Origin of ouchechoic of natural cry
- a clasp or buckle; specif., an ornament with a clasp, esp. when set with precious stones
- a setting for a precious stone
Origin of ouch; from Middle English (a n)ouche ; from Old French nousche ; from Frankish an unverified form nuskja, brooch, akin to Old High German nusca, a clasp ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ned-, to twist together from source net
- A setting for a precious stone.
- A clasp or brooch, especially one set with jewels.
Origin of ouchMiddle English ouche, from Anglo-Norman (une) ouche, alteration of (une) nouch, (a) brooch, of Germanic origin; see ned- in Indo-European roots.
amethyst and diamond brooch
- An expression of one's own physical pain.
- Ouch! You stepped on my toe! That hurt!
- An expression in sympathy at another's pain.
- Ouch! Her sunburn looks awful.
- A reply to an insult (frequently one that is tongue-in-cheek or joking).
- Ouch. How could you say that?
- An expression of disappointment.
- Ouch, I really wanted to do that.
- (slang, Australia, New Zealand, UK) Expressing surprise at the high price of something.
- Ouch, one hundred thousand dollars for a car! I could never afford that!
- Alternative form of ouche.