[ gohsh ]
/ goʊʃ /


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

Origin of gauche

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

Related forms

gauche·ly, adverbgauche·ness, noun

Can be confused

gauche gouache

Definition for gauche (2 of 2)

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 Forms

gauchely, 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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