Other Word Forms of Gauche
Origin of 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.
French awkward, lefthanded from Old French from gauchir to turn aside, walk clumsily of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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