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  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 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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Related Words for ouched

harm, hurt, hit, damage, injure, ding, gash, pierce, cut, clip, scratch, lacerate, bruise, scrape, nick, slice, irritate, slash, carve, total

Examples from the Web for ouched

Historical Examples of ouched

  • In the dark she clutched Ferriday's arm so tightly that he ouched.

    We Can't Have Everything

    Rupert Hughes

  • An' night befo' las' it was lookin' mighty angry an' swole, an' he had limped an' "ouched!"

    Sonny, A Christmas Guest

    Ruth McEnery Stuart

British Dictionary definitions for ouched


  1. an exclamation of sharp sudden pain
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noun archaic
  1. a brooch or clasp set with gems
  2. the setting of a gem
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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 ouched


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

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