• (America) IPA: /ɡaʊt/
  • (CA) IPA: [ɡʌut]


  1. (uncountable, pathology) An extremely painful inflammation of joints, especially of the big toe, caused by a metabolic defect resulting in the accumulation of uric acid in the blood and the deposition of urates around the joints.
    Synonyms: crystalline arthritis, gouty arthritis, urarthritis
    Hypernyms: arthritis
  2. (usually, followed by of) A spurt or splotch.
    • circa 1607 William Shakespeare, Macbeth, act 2, scene 1:
      I see thee still,
      And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood.
    • 1981, P. D. James, Children of Men, ch. 20, page 137:
      [S]mall chunks of rubble and gouts of soot had fallen from the chimney, and were ground into the rug under his unwary feet.
    • 2002, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Dave Freer, The Shadow of the Lion, (Google preview) ↗:
      Another blow sent gouts of blood flying, along with gobbets of flesh.
  3. (rare) A disease of wheat and cornstalks, caused by insect larvae.
Related terms Translations Verb

gout (gouts, present participle gouting; past and past participle gouted)

  1. (intransitive) To spurt.
    • 2001, Stephen King, ‎Peter Straub, Black House
      Dark blood gouts from the creature's brisket.

gout (plural gouts)

  1. (obsolete) taste; relish
    • 1870, The Cook and Housewife's Manual (5th edition)
      A modern refinement is to put laver in the dripping-pan, which, in basting, imparts a high gout: or a large saddle may be served over a pound and a half of laver, stewed in brown sauce with catsup […]

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