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[ouch] /aʊtʃ/ Archaic.
a clasp, buckle, or brooch, especially one worn for ornament.
the setting of a precious stone.
verb (used with object)
to adorn with or as if with ouches.
Origin of ouch2
1325-75; Middle English ouche (noun), for nouche (the phrase a nouche taken as an ouche; cf. apron) < Old French noscheGermanic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ouches
Historical Examples
  • “And what riches he hath goeth in velvet and ouches,” (jewellery) said the Archbishop, with his cold, sarcastic smile.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • Think of the snuffers and spoons and ouches, and bolts and rings and staves, all of pure gold.

  • They stopped a little distance away and began their booming about friendship and ouches.

    A Martian Odyssey Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • Whenever the cold water struck a sore spot there were gasps and ouches.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for ouches


an exclamation of sharp sudden pain


noun (archaic)
a brooch or clasp set with gems
the setting of a gem
Word Origin
C15 an ouch, mistaken division of C14 a nouche, from Old French nouche, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German nusca buckle
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Word Origin and History for ouches


1837, from Pennsylvania German outch, cry of pain, from German autsch. The Japanese word is itai. Latin used au, hau.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ouches



An injury; a hurt: A very serious injury is a ''big'' ouch

[1873+; fr the pained interjection ouch fr German, probably Pennsylvania German, autsch, found by 1838]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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