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gaffe

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/ gæf /
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noun

a social blunder; faux pas.

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Origin of gaffe

1905–10; <French: blunder, probably special use of gaffegaff1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH gaffe

gaff, gaffe
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British Dictionary definitions for gaffe

gaffe
/ (ɡæf) /

noun

a social blunder, esp a tactless remark

Word Origin for gaffe

C19: from French
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