When someone steps on a piece of glass, their exclamation is an example of ouch.
Ouch! You stepped on my toe! That hurt!
Ouch, one hundred thousand dollars for a car! I could never afford that!
Ouch. How could you say that?
Ouch, I really wanted to do that.
Origin of ouch
- Middle English ouche from Anglo-Norman (une) ouche alteration of (une) nouch (a) brooch of Germanic origin ned- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Variant forms.