WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
gouge /gaʊdʒ/USA pronunciation   v.,  gouged, goug•ing. 
  1. Building to scoop out or turn with or as if with a pointed tool or object:[+ object]He gouged a hole in the rock with his chisel.
  2. to dig or force out with or as if with a pointed object or tool: [+ out + object]He threatened to gouge out my eye.[+ object + out]He threatened to gouge my eye out.
  3. to make a hole in (something) with or as if with a pointed object or tool:[+ object]The bullet fragments gouged his leg.
  4. to overcharge (someone) illegally or dishonestly:[+ object]They were gouging their customers in that store.
goug•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
gouge  (gouj),USA pronunciation n., v.,  gouged, goug•ing. 
n. 
  1. Buildinga chisel having a partly cylindrical blade with the bevel on either the concave or the convex side.
  2. Buildingan act of gouging.
  3. Buildinga groove or hole made by gouging.
  4. an act of extortion;
    swindle.
  5. Geology
    • a layer of decomposed rocks or minerals found along the walls of a vein.
    • fragments of rock that have accumulated between or along the walls of a fault.

v.t. 
  1. Buildingto scoop out or turn with or as if with a gouge:to gouge a channel; to gouge holes.
  2. Buildingto dig or force out with or as if with a gouge:to gouge out an eye.
  3. to make a gouge in:to gouge one's leg.
  4. to extort from, swindle, or overcharge.

v.i. 
  1. to engage in swindling, overcharging, or the like:I bought my clothes there before they began gouging.
gouger, n. 
  • Celtic; compare Old Irish gulba sting, Welsh gylf beak, Cornish gilb borer
  • Late Latin gu(l)bia; compare Old Provencal goja, Spanish gubia; perh.
  • French
  • Middle English 1300–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ˈgouger /ˈɡaʊdʒə/ n
  1. a person or tool that gouges
  2. Irish dialect a low-class city lout



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