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gash1

[gash]
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noun
  1. a long, deep wound or cut; slash.
  2. Slang: Vulgar.
    1. the vagina.
    2. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.a contemptuous term used to refer to a woman considered as a sex object.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make a long, deep cut in; slash.
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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 formsun·gashed, 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.

gash2

[gash]
adjective Chiefly Scot.
  1. wise, sagacious.
  2. neat; well-dressed; well-groomed.
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Origin of gash2

First recorded in 1700–10; origin uncertain

gash3

[gash]
adjective Scot. Archaic.
  1. dreary or gloomy in appearance.
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Origin of gash3

First recorded in 1580–90; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for gash

gash1

verb
  1. (tr) to make a long deep cut or wound in; slash
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noun
  1. a long deep cut or wound
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French garser to scratch, wound, from Vulgar Latin charissāre (unattested), from Greek kharassein to scratch

gash2

adjective
  1. slang surplus to requirements; unnecessary, extra, or spare
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Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gash

n.

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.

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v.

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

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gash in Medicine

gash

(găsh)
v.
  1. To make a long, deep cut in; slash deeply.
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n.
  1. A long, deep cut.
  2. A deep flesh wound.
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