Definition of gotcha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡäCHə/


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.


North American An instance of publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception.
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.


1930s: representing a pronunciation.

Words that rhyme with gotcha

botcher, top-notcher, watcher, wotcha

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Syllabification: got·cha

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