[goh-shuh-ree; French gohshuh-ree]

noun, plural gau·che·ries [goh-shuh-reez; French gohshuh-ree] /ˌgoʊ ʃəˈriz; French goʊʃəˈri/.

lack of social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkwardness; crudeness; tactlessness.
an act, movement, etc., that is socially graceless, awkward, or tactless.

Origin of gaucherie

From French, dating back to 1790–1800; see origin at gauche, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gaucherie

Historical Examples of gaucherie

  • There is an awkwardness in men that women like; there is a gaucherie that women detest.

    A Young Man in a Hurry

    Robert W. Chambers

  • “Certainly not,” stammered I, somewhat ashamed at my gaucherie.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • This gaucherie on his part Bazarov realised, and felt vexed at.

    Fathers and Sons

    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev

  • She was firm—and left him overwhelmed by his gaucherie in not persuading her to take it.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • Her gaucherie was painful to her and evident and very dear to the man perceiving it.

    Under the Law

    Edwina Stanton Babcock

British Dictionary definitions for gaucherie



the quality of being gauche
a gauche act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gaucherie

1798, from French gaucherie, from gauche (see gauche).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper