Definition of gotcha exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gotcha

 exclamation
exclamation
BrE BrE//ˈɡɒtʃə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːtʃə//
 
(non-standard)
 
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the written form of the way some people pronounce ‘I’ve got you’, which is not considered to be correct ‘Gotcha!’ I yelled as I grabbed him by the arm (= used when you have caught somebody, or have beaten them at something). ‘Don't let go.’ ‘Yeah, gotcha.’ (= Yes, I understand.) You should not write this form unless you are copying somebody’s speech. More Like This Contractions in non-standard language ‘nother, ain’t, doncha, dunno, ‘em, gonna, gotcha, gotta, innit, wanna, ya, yerSee worksheet. Word Origin 1930s: representing a pronunciation.

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