Meaning of GOUGE in English


I. ˈgau̇j noun

Etymology: Middle English gowge, from Middle French gouge, from Late Latin gulbia

Date: 14th century

1. : a chisel with a concavo-convex cross section


a. : the act of gouging

b. : a groove or cavity scooped out

3. : an excessive or improper exaction : extortion

II. transitive verb

( gouged ; goug·ing )

Date: 1570

1. : to scoop out with or as if with a gouge


a. : to force out (an eye) with the thumb

b. : to thrust the thumb into the eye of

3. : to subject to extortion or undue exaction : overcharge

• goug·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.