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gauche

[ gohsh ]
/ goʊʃ /
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adjective

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

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Origin of gauche

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

OTHER WORDS FROM gauche

gauchely, adverbgaucheness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH gauche

gauche , gouache
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British Dictionary definitions for gauche

gauche
/ (ɡəʊʃ) /

adjective

lacking ease of manner; tactless

Derived forms of gauche

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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