- 1 gouge something (in something) to make a hole or cut in something with a sharp object in a rough or violent way The lion's claws had gouged a wound in the horse's side. He accidentally gouged the wall with his screwdriver.
- 2 gouge somebody/something to force someone to pay an unfairly high price for something; to raise prices unfairly Housing shortages permit landlords to gouge their renters. Price gouging is widespread. Phrasal Verbsgouge somethingout (of something)
NAmE//ɡaʊdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gouge
he / she / it gouges
past simple gouged
-ing form gouging