- 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!Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: echoic 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: 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
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- A setting for a precious stone.
- A brooch or buckle set with jewels.
- Obsolete A clasp; a brooch.
Origin: Middle English ouche, from Anglo-Norman (une) ouche, alteration of (une) nouch, (a) brooch, of Germanic origin; see ned- in Indo-European roots.