Origin of gaucheFr, figurative, figuratively meaning (lit., on the left) 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)
An example of gauche is a guest at a fancy dinner party who arrives wearing jeans and flip flops.
Origin of gaucheFrench awkward, lefthanded from Old French from gauchir to turn aside, walk clumsily of Germanic origin
(comparative more gauche, superlative most gauche)
Borrowing from French gauche (“left, awkward”), from gauchir (“to veer, turn”), from Old French gaucher (“to trample, walk clumsily”), from Frankish welkan (“to full, trample”), from Proto-Germanic *welk- (“to full, roll up”). Akin to Old High German walchan (“to knead”), Old English wealcian (“to roll up, curl”), Old Norse valka (“to drag about”). More at walk.
- While it's appropriate to use it in Québec, if you're visiting Haiti, Belgium or parts of Africa that still speak French, they'll find your response très gauche, (very crude) as will people in France.
- So how do you let guests know where you registered without seeming gauche?
- It would be slightly gauche to arrive at a wake with an infant clad in a ruffled cupcake pink dress.
- Vers la gauche. . .that means on the left.