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[gash] /gæʃ/
a long, deep wound or cut; slash.
Slang: Vulgar.
  1. the vagina.
  2. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a woman considered as a sex object.
verb (used with object)
to make a long, deep cut in; slash.
Origin of gash1
1540-50; alteration (with -sh perhaps from slash1) of Middle English garsen < Old French garser, jarsier (French gercer) to scarify, wound < Vulgar Latin *charaxāre < Greek charássein to scratch, notch
Related forms
ungashed, adjective
Usage note
When referring to a female, this term is used with disparaging intent and perceived as highly insulting. The word cunt shows a similar transfer of meaning from a woman’s genitalia to the woman herself. Unabridged
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(transitive) to make a long deep cut or wound in; slash
a long deep cut or wound
Word Origin
C16: from Old French garser to scratch, wound, from Vulgar Latin charissāre (unattested), from Greek kharassein to scratch


(slang) surplus to requirements; unnecessary, extra, or spare
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gashes



1540s, from Middle English garce (early 13c.), from Old North French garser "to scarify, cut, slash" (Old French *garse), apparently from Vulgar Latin *charassare, from Greek kharassein "engrave," from PIE *gher- "to scrape, scratch" (cf. character). Loss of -r- is characteristic (see ass (n.2)). Slang use for "vulva" dates to mid-1700s.



1560s, alteration of garsen (late 14c.), from Old North French garser "to cut, slash" (see gash (n.)). Related: Gashed; gashing.

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gashes in Medicine

gash (gāsh)
v. gashed, gash·ing, gash·es
To make a long, deep cut in; slash deeply. n.

  1. A long, deep cut.

  2. A deep flesh wound.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gashes

gash 1


  1. The vulva: Plus ball the gash off a real foxy chick? (mid-1700s+)
  2. Women regarded as sex partners: that high-school gash/ all that fine gash, just wasted (1914+)
  3. The sex act; ass: Don't you ever think of anything but gash? (1918+)


To do the sex act: We gashed (1980s+ Students)

gash 2


Extra or unexpected portions, bits of luck, etc; dividends; bonuses

[WWII Army fr 1900s+ British Navy; origin unknown; perhaps fr French gache´, ''spoiled,'' since it occurs in gash bucket, ''garbage bin'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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