Gouge Definition

gouj
gouged, gouges, gouging
noun
A chisel with a curved, hollowed blade, for cutting grooves or holes in wood.
Webster's New World
A scooping or digging action, as with such a chisel.
American Heritage
An act of gouging.
Webster's New World
The groove or hole made by gouging.
Webster's New World
Any deep groove or hole that is considered a blemish.
Webster's New World
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verb
gouged, gouges, gouging
To make a groove, hole, etc. in (something) with or as with a gouge.
Webster's New World
To scoop out; dig or force out.
To gouge out dirt.
Webster's New World
To force out the eye of (a person) with one's thumb.
American Heritage
In fighting, to push one's thumb into the eye of.
Webster's New World
To cheat out of money, etc.; also, to overcharge.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Gouge

Noun

Singular:
gouge
Plural:
gouges

Origin of Gouge

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin gubia variant of gulbia of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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