from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A setting for a precious stone.
  • noun A clasp or brooch, especially one set with jewels.
  • interjection Used to express sudden pain or displeasure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ornament or jewel of the nature of a brooch or clasp; any jewel or ornament; specifically, a clasp used for a cope in place of the agraffe. Its use in the English Old Testament seems to be restricted to ‘setting,’ or ‘socket.’ Also owche.
  • noun The blow given by a boar's tusk.
  • noun A tumor or boil on the skin; a carbuncle.
  • An exclamation expressing pain, as when one is suddenly hurt, as by a slight burn, a prick of a pin, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A socket or bezel holding a precious stone; hence, a jewel or ornament worn on the person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of ouche.
  • interjection An expression of one's own physical pain.
  • interjection An expression in sympathy at another's pain.
  • interjection A reply to an insult (frequently one that is tongue-in-cheek or joking).
  • interjection An expression of disappointment.
  • interjection slang, Australia, New Zealand, UK Expressing surprise at the high price of something.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English ouche, from Anglo-Norman (une) ouche, alteration of (une) nouch, (a) brooch, of Germanic origin; see ned- in Indo-European roots.]

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