- 1gouge 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 had gouged her cheek with a screwdriver.
- 2gouge somebody/something (North American English) to force somebody to pay an unfairly high price for something; to raise prices unfairly Housing shortages permit landlords to gouge their renters. Price gouging is widespread. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin gubia, gulbia, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Old Irish gulba
BrE BrE//ɡaʊdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gouge
BrE BrE//ɡaʊdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊdʒ//he / she / it gouges
BrE BrE//ˈɡaʊdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡaʊdʒɪz//past simple gouged
BrE BrE//ɡaʊdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊdʒd//past participle gouged
BrE BrE//ɡaʊdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ɡaʊdʒd//-ing form gouging
BrE BrE//ˈɡaʊdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡaʊdʒɪŋ//