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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Definitions for gauche

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

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Citations for gauche
The current Rocky is gauche and inaccurate, but besides being persistent he is a dreadfully severe hitter with either hand. A. J. Liebling, "Ahab and Nemesis," The New Yorker, October 8, 1955
He knew that he sounded gauche and nervous but that helped: she knew what it was to feel gauche and nervous. P. D. James, Devices and Desires, 1989
Origin of gauche
Gauche entered English in the 1740s from the French word of the same spelling meaning "awkward, left."