[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. gascoyne-cecil,
  2. gaseity,
  3. gaselier,
  4. gaseous,
  5. gaseous diffusion,
  6. gasholder,
  7. gashouse,
  8. gasiform,
  9. gasify,
  10. gaskell

Origin of gash

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gashes


/ (ɡæʃ) /


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


a long deep cut or wound

Word Origin for gash

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


/ (ɡæʃ) /


slang surplus to requirements; unnecessary, extra, or spare

Word Origin for gash

C20: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for gashes
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Medicine definitions for gashes


[ găsh ]


To make a long, deep cut in; slash deeply.


A long, deep cut.
A deep flesh wound.

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