What does it mean when someone says ‘touché’?

I’ve heard this word on TV and I’ve heard other people say it but I have no idea what it means!

What does it mean? Why do people say it?

12 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It means that you have made a good come back. Like if someone said something to you and then you replyed with something smart and witty, they would say ‘touché’

  • selena_batman
    1 month ago

    touché

    touched [French]

    In fencing, a touch of a sword on the opponent’s body is worth a point. Thus, touché has come to mean a score or a point, often used figuratively in verbal fencing and spoken by the person against whom the point was scored. Merely saying touch is wrong since the correct term would be touched. However, even touched is wrong when the meaning is you win.

    (fencing) An acknowledgement of a hit.

    (idiomatic) An acknowledgement of the success, appropriateness or superiority of an argument, sometimes used sarcastically to mock one’s opponent’s absurd logic.

    How do you know you’re a woman? Have you ever checked? – Touché..

    (idiomatic) Used in a conversation or debate to concede a point as true, often in response to a successful counter of one’s own logic: “Maybe I could tell her the car was stolen?” “Or maybe you could tell her the truth?” “Touché!”

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    5 days ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It’s from Fencing, whose language is French. Points are awarded for each time the opponent is touched with the point of the foil, or epee. Upon touching with the tip, the umpire, or the swordsman, calls “Touche!” which is French for “touch.”

    In life, we say, “Touche” when someone either makes a statement that cannot easily be refuted, or when someone refutes our own statements. It’s an acknowledgement of a superior argument.

  • Stef
    1 month ago

    When someone says touche, it means they are acknowledging that another person said something very clever or telling. As in, the person made a good “comeback”.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The term comes from fencing; I believe it means “touch.” You score points by touching your weapon to your opponent.

    In this context, it means “gotcha,” or “Ah, good one. You got me.”

    Edit: Who’s the fool giving thumbs down to the correct answers? It DOES come from fencing, but it has taken on a different, more general meaning, as I’ve mentioned.

  • Cynthia LY
    1 month ago

    Touche is a fencing term that is used to acknowledge a successful hit. In language it is used to acknowledge an effective argument or criticism.

    http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/en…

  • mixedproduct
    1 month ago

    LOL! I’ve always wondered that too but was too embarrassed to ask! I’ll be watching out for the answers!

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    its a synonym for the current slang “oh snap”

  • Viking
    1 month ago

    it is an old fencing (sword fighting) term

    meaning to touch, or you have evened the score

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