- 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.
Origin: Fr from Old ProvenÃ§al gaf: see gaff
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- 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: French, from Old French, hook; see gaff1.