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[ouch] /aʊtʃ/
interjection
1.
(used as an exclamation expressing sudden pain or dismay.)
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; < German autsch

ouch2

[ouch] /aʊtʃ/
noun
1.
a clasp, buckle, or brooch, especially one worn for ornament.
2.
the setting of a precious stone.
verb (used with object)
3.
to adorn with or as if with ouches.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English ouche (noun), for nouche (the phrase a nouche taken as an ouche; cf. apron) < Old French noscheGermanic
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  • Then t ouch the spout to the surface of the simmering water in the frying pan and slip the egg in.
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British Dictionary definitions for ouch

ouch1

/aʊtʃ/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of sharp sudden pain

ouch2

/aʊtʃ/
noun (archaic)
1.
a brooch or clasp set with gems
2.
the setting of a gem
Word Origin
C15 an ouch, mistaken division of C14 a nouche, from Old French nouche, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German nusca buckle
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Word Origin and History for ouch

1837, from Pennsylvania German outch, cry of pain, from German autsch. The Japanese word is itai. Latin used au, hau.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ouch

ouch

noun

An injury; a hurt: A very serious injury is a ''big'' ouch

[1873+; fr the pained interjection ouch fr German, probably Pennsylvania German, autsch, found by 1838]


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