gash

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[ gash ]
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noun
  1. a long, deep wound or cut; slash.

  2. Slang: Vulgar.

    • the vagina.

    • Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a woman considered as a sex object.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make a long, deep cut in; slash.

Origin of gash

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First recorded in 1540–50; alteration of Middle English garsen, garcen “to make medical incisions” (with alteration of s to sh after r), from Old French garser, jarsier “to scarify, wound,” from unrecoreded Vulgar Latin charaxāre, from Greek charássein “to scratch, notch”; see origin at character

usage note For gash

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.

Other words from gash

  • un·gashed, adjective

Other definitions for gash (2 of 3)

gash2
[ gash ]

adjectiveChiefly Scot.
  1. wise, sagacious.

  2. neat; well-dressed; well-groomed.

Origin of gash

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First recorded in 1700–10; origin uncertain

Other definitions for gash (3 of 3)

gash3
[ gash ]

adjectiveScot. Archaic.
  1. dreary or gloomy in appearance.

Origin of gash

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First recorded in1580–90; origin uncertain

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How to use gash in a sentence

  • Until a year ago, phosphate mining had left gashes up to dozens of meters deep here.

  • Horrid the gashes where jagged iron had cut through the flesh, severing arteries and tendons in an instant.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • There were seams in the masonry, and great gashes where the solid bolts crumbled the bricks to dust.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • That her sharp nails had been busy to good effect was proved by the long, deep gashes on the faces and necks of both seamen.

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • In each of the shorter ones he made one slight gash and in each of the longer ones two gashes.

British Dictionary definitions for gash (1 of 2)

gash1

/ (ɡæʃ) /


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

noun
  1. a long deep cut or wound

Origin of gash

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

British Dictionary definitions for gash (2 of 2)

gash2

/ (ɡæʃ) /


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

Origin of gash

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C20: of unknown origin

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