- lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless: Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.
Origin of gauche
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- on or to the left-hand side.
Related Wordsawkward, clumsy, crude, graceless, green, halting, heavy-handed, ignorant, ill-mannered, inelegant, inept, insensitive, lacking, maladroit, oafish, uncouth, uncultured, unhappy, unpolished, wooden
Examples from the Web for gauche
In the academic confines of museums, such talk of marketing and the bottom line qualifies as gauche.Prada and Schiaparelli Exhibit Opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 7, 2012
He came forward with a gauche gallantry, and offered his arm to Horatia.Sarah's School Friend
The gauche boy gone from him, Milt took her hand, pressed it to his cheek.Free Air
If she were not so tall!how can one be anything but gauche with a figure like that?The Garden of Swords
There is, even, in the architecture of Winnipeg, a sort of gauche pride visible.Letters from America
He felt awkward, gauche, tongue-tied, hot and cold by turns.The Best Psychic Stories
- lacking ease of manner; tactless
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.)).