- 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
Related Words for gougedgash, shovel, dredge, tunnel, scratch, dig, scrape, burrow, claw, groove, excavate
Examples from the Web for gouged
Contemporary Examples of gouged
Instead, Coulter gouged a string of fellow conservatives, leaving Hannity struggling to get a word in edgewise.How Bad Is It? Even Ann Coulter Has Turned On Conservatives
October 15, 2013
With her left hand, she gouged at his eyes in an attempt to free herself.Chris Brown Doesn’t Deserve Forgiveness for Beating Rihanna
February 15, 2012
Historical Examples of gouged
The plank that is used to form the bottom of the boat is not gouged out.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
Theres no use in telling a young man what to do when he has been gouged.The Making of Bobby Burnit
George Randolph Chester
He had gouged the eye out of the third, for some trifling difference of opinion.Frank Mildmay
Captain Frederick Marryat
Ice and water wore off the nub and leveled the hill, then gouged out the gulch.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
He clasped his hands, pressed them till the fingers of one gouged the back of the other.The Innocents
- (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 for gouge
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.
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").
- A strong curved chisel used in bone surgery.