- a person or tool that gouges
- Irish dialect a low-class city lout
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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.
- 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.
- to make a hole in (something) with or as if with a pointed object or tool:[~ + object]The bullet fragments gouged his leg.
- to overcharge (someone) illegally or dishonestly:[~ + object]They were gouging their customers in that store.
- Buildinga chisel having a partly cylindrical blade with the bevel on either the concave or the convex side.
- Buildingan act of gouging.
- Buildinga groove or hole made by gouging.
- an act of extortion;
- 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.
- Buildingto scoop out or turn with or as if with a gouge:to gouge a channel; to gouge holes.
- Buildingto dig or force out with or as if with a gouge:to gouge out an eye.
- to make a gouge in:to gouge one's leg.
- to extort from, swindle, or overcharge.
- to engage in swindling, overcharging, or the like:I bought my clothes there before they began gouging.
- Celtic; compare Old Irish gulba sting, Welsh gylf beak, Cornish gilb borer
- Late Latin gu(l)bia; compare Old Provencal goja, Spanish gubia; perh.
- Middle English 1300–50