- 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.
verb (used with object), gouged, goug·ing.
verb (used without object), gouged, goug·ing.
Origin of gouge
Examples from the Web for gouging
Contemporary Examples of gouging
News that the securities firm where he worked after his FBI gig was “sanctioned repeatedly by regulators for gouging customers.”Rep. ‘Break You in Half’ Grimm Is a Hothead With a Shady Past
January 29, 2014
Unconstrained by market pressures, private schools have been gouging their customers at a similar pace.The Tuition Gouge
January 30, 2012
Then, in an account that is bone-chilling, she says her husband pressed his fingers into her eyes, gouging them out.Mauled by Her Husband?
Asra Q. Nomani
July 16, 2011
Historical Examples of gouging
They've a notion it's all gouging and luck, and you couldn't beat that out of them if you tried.The Lovely Lady
The gouging and snipping, so irritating to a person of nerves, is thus avoided.The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans
I suppose he blunted them gouging nuggets out of the gold fields.Tales Of Men And Ghosts
Biting, kicking, gouging, all were the same to this silent and powerful antagonist.
Johnson's left hand was gouging at my face, his fingers digging at my eyes.Brigands of the Moon
verb (mainly tr)
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").