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[gohsh] /goʊʃ/
lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless:
Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.
Origin of gauche
1745-55; < French: awkward, left; Middle French, derivative of gauchir to turn, veer < Germanic
Related forms
gauchely, adverb
gaucheness, noun
Can be confused
gauche, gouache.
inept, clumsy, maladroit; coarse, gross, uncouth.

à gauche

[a gohsh] /a ˈgoʊʃ/
adverb, French.
on or to the left-hand side. Unabridged
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  • He came forward with a gauche gallantry, and offered his arm to Horatia.

    Sarah's School Friend

    May Baldwin
  • The gauche boy gone from him, Milt took her hand, pressed it to his cheek.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • If she were not so tall!how can one be anything but gauche with a figure like that?

    The Garden of Swords Max Pemberton
  • There is, even, in the architecture of Winnipeg, a sort of gauche pride visible.

    Letters from America Rupert Brooke
  • He felt awkward, gauche, tongue-tied, hot and cold by turns.

  • "Au fond de la cour, troisieme a gauche," said the concierge.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • It is not that gauche happenings are serious offenses, no matter how awkward the incident.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • How could he have been so gauche, so clumsy and unlike himself.

    Beyond The Rocks Elinor Glyn
  • My eyes glanced around to see the effect produced on my friends by my gauche cousin.

British Dictionary definitions for gauche


lacking ease of manner; tactless
Derived Forms
gauchely, adverb
gaucheness, noun
Word Origin
C18: French: awkward, left, from Old French gauchir to swerve, ultimately of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wankōn to stagger
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Word Origin and History for gauche

"awkward, tactless," 1751 (Chesterfield), from French gauche "left" (15c., replacing Old French senestre in that sense), originally "awkward, awry," from Middle French gauchir "turn aside, swerve," from Old French gaucher "trample, reel, walk clumsily," from Frankish *welkan "to full" (cloth), from Proto-Germanic *wankjan (cf. Old High German wankon, Old Norse vakka "to stagger, totter;" see wink (v.)).

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