(used as an exclamation expressing sudden pain or dismay.)

Origin of ouch

1830–40, Americanism; < German autsch




a clasp, buckle, or brooch, especially one worn for ornament.
the setting of a precious stone.

verb (used with object)

to adorn with or as if with ouches.

Origin of ouch

1325–75; Middle English ouche (noun), for nouche (the phrase a nouche taken as an ouche; cf. apron) < Old French noscheGermanic
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Contemporary Examples of ouch

Historical Examples of ouch

  • In the midst of the meal they were startled by the girl who, crying "Ouch!"

  • "Ouch," Grunty howled, as his mother sent him sprawling once more.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Got a bit moren they bargained for, that time, said Pug exultantly, and then Ouch!

    Grapes of wrath

    Boyd Cable

  • I don't know what the nation Graydon will think, or—— Ouch, my head!

    Motor Matt's Daring Rescue

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • I believe if he could only fool us into thinking he was God, he could act like Him—ouch, Bella!


    Katharine Newlin Burt

British Dictionary definitions for ouch




an exclamation of sharp sudden pain



noun archaic

a brooch or clasp set with gems
the setting of a gem

Word Origin for ouch

C15 an ouch, mistaken division of C14 a nouche, from Old French nouche, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German nusca buckle
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Word Origin and History for ouch

1837, from Pennsylvania German outch, cry of pain, from German autsch. The Japanese word is itai. Latin used au, hau.

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