ouch

1
[ ouch ]
/ aʊtʃ /
See synonyms for: ouch / ouched / ouching on Thesaurus.com

interjection

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

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Origin of ouch

1
1830–40, Americanism;<German autsch

Definition for ouch (2 of 2)

ouch2
[ ouch ]
/ aʊtʃ /
Archaic.

noun

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

2
1325–75; Middle English ouche (noun), for nouche (the phrase a nouche taken as an ouche;cf. apron) <Old French nosche ≪ Germanic
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Example sentences from the Web for ouch

  • Think of the snuffers and spoons and ouches, and bolts and rings and staves, all of pure gold.

  • Whenever the cold water struck a sore spot there were gasps and ouches.

  • They stopped a little distance away and began their booming about friendship and ouches.

    A Martian Odyssey|Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • “And what riches he hath goeth in velvet and ouches,” (jewellery) said the Archbishop, with his cold, sarcastic smile.

    The White Rose of Langley|Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for ouch (1 of 2)

ouch1
/ (aʊtʃ) /

interjection

an exclamation of sharp sudden pain

British Dictionary definitions for ouch (2 of 2)

ouch2
/ (aʊtʃ) /

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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