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[goh-shuh-ree; French gohshuh-ree] /ˌgoʊ ʃəˈri; French goʊʃəˈri/
noun, plural gaucheries
[goh-shuh-reez; French gohshuh-ree] /ˌgoʊ ʃəˈriz; French goʊʃəˈri/ (Show IPA)
lack of social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkwardness; crudeness; tactlessness.
an act, movement, etc., that is socially graceless, awkward, or tactless.
Origin of gaucherie
From French, dating back to 1790-1800; See origin at gauche, -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is an awkwardness in men that women like; there is a gaucherie that women detest.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • “Certainly not,” stammered I, somewhat ashamed at my gaucherie.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • This gaucherie on his part Bazarov realised, and felt vexed at.

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • She was firm—and left him overwhelmed by his gaucherie in not persuading her to take it.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Her gaucherie was painful to her and evident and very dear to the man perceiving it.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • She was as broad as sumptuous in her nature; so what did a gaucherie matter?

  • Her frankness was more the frankness of a child than the outspokenness of gaucherie.

    The Golden Web Anthony Partridge
  • Inadequacy, helplessness, gaucherie, prove that the feelings are bigger than the eloquence.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Irene would ask, and Jenny, resentful, would scowl at the gaucherie.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • Mr. Bright felt how unfortunate was this gaucherie, into which the speaker had perhaps unintentionally been led.

    The Quiver 12/1899 Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for gaucherie


/ˌɡəʊʃəˈriː; ˈɡəʊʃərɪ; French ɡoʃri/
the quality of being gauche
a gauche act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gaucherie

1798, from French gaucherie, from gauche (see gauche).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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