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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 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 ouches

Historical Examples

  • “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

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

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

    A Martian Odyssey

    Stanley Grauman Weinbaum

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

British Dictionary definitions for ouches


  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

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 ouches


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

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