- an act or instance of extorting or overcharging; a swindle.
- the amount of money extorted or overcharged:a gouge of $20 for shipping and delivery.
- 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.
Origin of gouge
OTHER WORDS FROM gougegoug·er, nounun·gouged, adjective
Words nearby gouge
How to use gouge in a sentence
The Obama administration has not put forward any plan that will outright gouge more than $700 billion from Medicare.
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|DAILY BEAST
At court, Poggio once got into a brawl with a rival official and tried to gouge out his eyes.
I had four and a half rows to trim, and then the whole orchard to go over with paint pot and gouge and cement.The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
But he finished the task at last and began to gouge a channel in the planking close to the other ribs.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
It was as though a giant had taken a gouge and cut a bay right through the sea cliffs.The Beach of Dreams|H. De Vere Stacpoole
A small gouge would assist the penknife, and render the operation less difficult.Wanderings in South America|Charles Waterton
He was honest enough still for that, though he had not the courage to admit how deep a gouge the luncheon made in his savings.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes