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faux pas

[ foh pah ]
/ foʊ ˈpɑ /
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noun, plural faux pas [foh pahz; French foh pah] /foʊ ˈpɑz; French foʊ ˈpɑ/.

a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.

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RELATED WORDS

blooper, blunder, botch, breach, break, bungle, error, flop, flub, gaffe, goof, hash, impropriety, indiscretion, mess, misconduct, misstep, mistake, offense, oversight

Nearby words

fauteuil, fauve, fauvism, fauvist, faux, faux pas, faux-naïf, fauxbourdon, fava bean, fave, favela

Origin of faux pas

1670–80; < French: literally, false step
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British Dictionary definitions for faux pas

faux pas

/ (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː, French fo pɑ) /

noun plural faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz, French fo pɑ)

a social blunder or indiscretion

Word Origin for faux pas

C17: from French: false step
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Word Origin and History for faux pas

faux pas


n.

1670s, French, literally "false step."

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