The word "ouch" is an interjection used when a person experiences pain. An interjection is a one-word exclamation of emotion, so it functions differently from the other seven parts of speech, usually punctuated with an exclamation point.
- Ouch! That hurts!
- Ouch! That's hot!
- Ouch! That's too expensive!
- The boy said "ouch" when the nurse stuck a needle in his arm.
The word "ouch" can be changed to another part of speech, but then it's not a word that is accepted as a real word. In this case, children or the parents of small children might be heard saying the following:
- I've got ouchies. (noun, plural)
- This plant gave me an ouchy. (noun, singular)
- That cactus looks ouchy. Be careful. (adjective)
Similar to the word "ouch" is the word "ow."
- Ow! That hurts!
- Ow! Stop doing that!
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This page was published on April 19, 2017.