Origin of gaffeFrench from Old Provençal gaf: see gaff
The definition of a gaffe is something that you say that causes you to feel embarrassed, such as a social blunder or a faux pas.
When you say something that is socially improper, this is an example of a gaffe.
- A clumsy social error; a faux pas: “The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste” ( Mary McCarthy )
- A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
Origin of gaffeFrench from Old French hook ; see gaff 1.
- A foolish and embarrassing error, especially one made in public.
OriginSee also: gaffé
From French gaffe (“blunder”).
- If a guest is caught saying one of these words, the person who caught the gaffe gets her clothespin.
- There are times when a celebrity makes a gaffe in public or does something truly outrageous, but these actions fail to make much of an impression with the public.