[ gohsh ]
/ goʊʃ /


lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless: Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.

Nearby words

  1. gatun,
  2. gatun lake,
  3. gatvol,
  4. gatún lake,
  5. gau,
  6. gaucher's cell,
  7. gaucher's disease,
  8. gaucherie,
  9. gaucho,
  10. gaud

Origin of gauche

1745–55; < French: awkward, left; Middle French, derivative of gauchir to turn, veer < Germanic

Related formsgauche·ly, adverbgauche·ness, noun

Can be confusedgauche gouache

à gauche

[ a gohsh ]
/ a ˈgoʊʃ /

adverb French.

on or to the left-hand side. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gauche


/ (ɡəʊʃ) /


lacking ease of manner; tactless
Derived Formsgauchely, adverbgaucheness, noun

Word Origin for gauche

C18: French: awkward, left, from Old French gauchir to swerve, ultimately of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wankōn to stagger

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Word Origin and History for gauche



"awkward, tactless," 1751 (Chesterfield), from French gauche "left" (15c., replacing Old French senestre in that sense), originally "awkward, awry," from Middle French gauchir "turn aside, swerve," from Old French gaucher "trample, reel, walk clumsily," from Frankish *welkan "to full" (cloth), from Proto-Germanic *wankjan (cf. Old High German wankon, Old Norse vakka "to stagger, totter;" see wink (v.)).

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