- 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 gougerforger, rascal, thief, crook, cheater, counterfeiter, charlatan, clip, cheat, operator, sharp, grifter, sharper, chiseler, mountebank, scoundrel, rook, absconder, fraud, trickster
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Historical Examples of gouger
Mr. Gouger's face bore its gentlest expression at that moment.
Gouger scented the difficulty under which he labors, in a moment.
"No," responded Mr. Gouger, disposing of that theory in one breath.
"You might at least have got an introduction for him," said Gouger, reflectively.
Mr. Gouger pursed up his lips, and uttered an impatient, "Pah!"
- a person or tool that gouges
- Irish dialect a low-class city lout
- (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.