- The definition of gauche is someone who is socially clumsy or tactless.
An example of gauche is a guest at a fancy dinner party who arrives wearing jeans and flip flops.
Origin: Fr from Middle French gauchir, to become crooked, warped, ultimately from Frankish an unverified form wankjan, to totter (akin to German wanken), confused with an unverified form walken, to beat, full (cloth)
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Origin: French, awkward, lefthanded, from Old French, from gauchir, to turn aside, walk clumsily, of Germanic origin.
- gaucheˈly adverb
- gaucheˈness noun