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ouch1

[ouch]
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interjection
  1. (used as an exclamation expressing sudden pain or dismay.)
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Origin of ouch1

1830–40, Americanism; < German autsch

ouch2

[ouch]Archaic.
noun
  1. a clasp, buckle, or brooch, especially one worn for ornament.
  2. the setting of a precious stone.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to adorn with or as if with ouches.
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Origin of ouch2

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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Examples from the Web for ouch

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  • 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!

    Snow-Blind

    Katharine Newlin Burt


British Dictionary definitions for ouch

ouch1

interjection
  1. an exclamation of sharp sudden pain
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ouch2

noun archaic
  1. a brooch or clasp set with gems
  2. the setting of a gem
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Word Origin

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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