[goh-shuh-ree; French gohshuh-ree]
- lack of social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkwardness; crudeness; tactlessness.
- an act, movement, etc., that is socially graceless, awkward, or tactless.
Origin of gaucherie
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Examples from the Web for gaucherie
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
Her gaucherie was painful to her and evident and very dear to the man perceiving it.Under the Law
Edwina Stanton Babcock
- the quality of being gauche
- a gauche act
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Word Origin and History for gaucherie
1798, from French gaucherie, from gauche (see gauche).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper