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Bouge \Bouge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gouged; p. pr. & vb. n. Gouging.]

  1. To scoop out with a gouge.

  2. To scoop out, as an eye, with the thumb nail; to force out the eye of (a person) with the thumb. [K S.]

    Note: A barbarity mentioned by some travelers as formerly practiced in the brutal frays of desperadoes in some parts of the United States.

  3. To cheat in a bargain; to chouse. [Slang, U. S.]


Bouge \Bouge\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bouged] [Variant of bulge. Cf. Bowge.]

  1. To swell out. [Obs.]

  2. To bilge. [Obs.] ``Their ship bouged.''


Bouge \Bouge\, v. t. To stave in; to bilge. [Obs.]


Bouge \Bouge\, n. [F. bouche mouth, victuals.] Bouche (see Bouche, 2); food and drink; provisions. [Obs.]

[They] made room for a bombardman that brought bouge for a country lady or two, that fainted . . . with fasting.
--B. Jonson.


Etymology 1 n. (context now historical English) The right to rations at court, granted to the king's household, attendants etc. Etymology 2

vb. 1 To swell out. 2 To bilge.

Usage examples of "bouge".

Sur la rive du faubourg, entre les deux tours du Pont Vieux, il vit des hommes bouger autour du feu de la garde.