When a piece of wood has a big dent in it, this is an example of a gouge.
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.
To gouge out dirt.
Origin of gouge
- 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
- 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).