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

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for gashes

Historical Examples of gashes

  • Some troubles ain't no more 'n a dull pain, an' some are like cuts an' gashes.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • He smiled his close-lipped smile that made wrinkles like gashes in his cheeks.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Cuts, gashes, and bruises are the frequent experience of smacksmen.

    The Young Trawler

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The leg is good cut in gashes, and filled with a dressing, and baked.

  • All had been scalped, and the bodies were mutilated with gashes of the tomahawks.

British Dictionary definitions for gashes


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


  1. 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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gashes in Medicine


  1. To make a long, deep cut in; slash deeply.
  1. A long, deep cut.
  2. A deep flesh wound.
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