Definition of gotcha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒtʃə/
(also gotcher) informal


I have got you (used to express satisfaction at having captured or defeated someone or uncovered their faults).
Example sentences
  • They change the number at random intervals and if you miss a sign, bingo - gotcha!
  • A couple of death penalty opponents framing an innocent person just so they can say ‘Aha, gotcha!’
  • ‘Okay - gotcha, twenty four,’ said Ron, repeating the hand signal to the lady to much all round nodding.


1North American An instance of catching someone out or exposing them to ridicule.
Example sentences
  • And television, devoted to keeping the race close so viewers would keep watching, cunningly deployed a series of gotchas meant to drive down the numbers of whichever guy seemed to be gaining.
  • Some of the commenters responding to Ann think the test is a typical bunch of manipulative rhetorical gotchas from people who think they know better.
  • I thought there was a lack of zingers and, you know, the kind of gotchas that's sometimes characterize these debates.
2North American A sudden unforeseen problem.
Example sentences
  • Businesses are rushing to adopt this technology, but as with most new technologies, there are several security-related gotchas.
  • On that note, there are a few gotchas worth mentioning.
  • And there are remedies for all the interval gotchas mentioned above - or at least strategies for coping with them.


1930s: representing a pronunciation.

Words that rhyme with gotcha

botcher, top-notcher, watcher, wotcha

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