- a chisel having a partly cylindrical blade with the bevel on either the concave or the convex side.
- an act of gouging.
- a groove or hole made by gouging.
- an act of extortion; swindle.
- a layer of decomposed rocks or minerals found along the walls of a vein.
- fragments of rock that have accumulated between or along the walls of a fault.
- to scoop out or turn with or as if with a gouge: to gouge a channel; to gouge holes.
- to dig or force out with or as if with a gouge: to gouge out an eye.
- to make a gouge in: to gouge one's leg.
- to extort from, swindle, or overcharge.
- to engage in swindling, overcharging, or the like: I bought my clothes there before they began gouging.
Origin of gouge
Examples from the Web for gouge
The spine of the Appalachian Mountains is being obliterated to gouge out the seams of black coal.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia
Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco
June 14, 2012
At court, Poggio once got into a brawl with a rival official and tried to gouge out his eyes.The Book That Changed the World
October 7, 2011
Gouge out that fellow's eye, the one that's got you by the shoulder, master.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
You needn't try to gouge me out o' my rights because you're half-a-head taller.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
Fig. 31 is a detail of a kind of gouge work which you must all know very well.Wood-Carving
The gouge is a form of chisel, the blade of which is concave, and hence the edge curved.Handwork in Wood
A finisher can always alter the thickness of a gouge with emery paper.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books
- (usually foll by out) to scoop or force (something) out of its position, esp with the fingers or a pointed instrument
- (sometimes foll by out) to cut (a hole or groove) in (something) with a sharp instrument or tool
- US and Canadian informal to extort from
- (also intr) Australian to dig for (opal)
- a type of chisel with a blade that has a concavo-convex section
- a mark or groove made with, or as if with, a gouge
- geology a fine deposit of rock fragments, esp clay, occurring between the walls of a fault or mineral vein
- US and Canadian informal extortion; swindling
Word Origin and History for gouge
mid-14c., "chisel with a concave blade," from Old French gouge, from Late Latin gubia, alteration of gulbia "hollow beveled chisel," probably from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish gulban "prick, prickle," Welsh gylfin "beak").
1560s, "to cut with a gouge," from gouge (n.). Meaning "to force out with a gouge" (especially of the eyes, in fighting) attested by 1800. Meaning "swindle" is American English colloquial from 1826 (implied in plural noun gougers). Related: Gouged; gouging.
- A strong curved chisel used in bone surgery.