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  • IPA(key): /ɡæʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -æʃ

Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of older garsh, from Middle English garsen, from Old French garser, jarsier (Modern French gercer), from Vulgar Latin *charaxāre, from Ancient Greek χαρακτήρ (kharaktḗr, engraver).

Alternative forms[edit]


gash (countable and uncountable, plural gashes)

  1. A deep cut.
    • 2006, New York Times, “Bush Mourns 9/11 at Ground Zero as N.Y. Remembers”, [1]:
      Vowing that he was “never going to forget the lessons of that day,” President Bush paid tribute last night to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, laying wreaths at ground zero, attending a prayer service at St. Paul’s Chapel and making a surprise stop at a firehouse and a memorial museum overlooking the vast gash in the ground where the twin towers once stood.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A vulva.
  3. (slang, offensive) A woman.
    • 1934, James T. Farrell, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, Ch. 19:
      "Will you bastards quit singing the blues? You're young, and there's plenty of gash in the world, and the supply of moon goes on forever," Simonsky said.
  4. (slang, British Royal Navy) Rubbish, spare kit.
  5. (slang) Rubbish on board an aircraft.
  6. (slang) Unused film or sound during film editing.
  7. (slang) Poor quality beer, usually watered down.


gash (comparative more gash, superlative most gash)

  1. (slang) Of poor quality; makeshift; improvised; temporary; substituted.


gash (third-person singular simple present gashes, present participle gashing, simple past and past participle gashed)

  1. To make a deep, long cut; to slash.
    My leg got gashed.

Etymology 2[edit]

From ghastful, by association with gash.


gash (comparative more gash, superlative most gash)

  1. (UK, Scotland, dialect) ghastly; hideous
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