- a social blunder; faux pas.
Origin of gaffe
Examples from the Web for gaffe
Christopher Dickey joins CNN International to discuss Biden's Erdogan gaffe and how it will affect Turkey's role in fighting ISIS.Biden's Misstep Has Implications For Turkish Policy
October 6, 2014
The moment seems to be a familiar breed of Internet gaffe when a eager but inept social media staffer makes a blunder.RNC Chair Tweets Picture Of Maryland's Democratic Governor
May 31, 2014
“I may not have been the clearest in my statements, obviously,” she said of her “busy” gaffe.The 'RedState Women' Wooing Scheme
April 2, 2014
It's not an insult to farmers (though could be construed as one to Grassley); it's just a gaffe.Picking Crops And Picking Judges
March 25, 2014
Clearly, Menzel isn't wasting time complaining about Travolta's gaffe.John Travolta and the Birth of the Adele Dazeem Phenomenon
March 5, 2014
- a social blunder, esp a tactless remark
Word Origin and History for gaffe
"blunder," 1909, perhaps from French gaffe "clumsy remark," originally "boat hook," from Middle French gaffe (15c.), from Old Provençal gaf, probably from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *gafa. Sense connection is obscure; the gaff was used to land big fish. Or it may derive from British slang gaff "to cheat, trick" (1893); or gaff "criticism" (1896), from Scottish dialect sense of "loud, rude talk" (see gaff (n.2)).