gauche adj : lacking social polish; "too gauche to leave the room when the conversation became intimate"; "their excellent manners always may be feel gauche" [syn: graceless, unpolished]
- , /gəʊʃ/, /g@US/
- Rhymes with: -əʊʃ
EtymologyFrom gauchir, a conflation of gauchier (from *|walkan, cognate with English walk) + guenchir (from *|wenkjan). Gauche replaced the original word for left, senestre, in the sixteenth century.
- the left, the left-hand side
Gauche can refer to many things:
- Gauche (Scheme implementation), an implementation of the Scheme programming language.
- In stereochemistry, gauche refers a specific conformer. Gauche Effect hinders bond rotation.
- A style of Western fencing using the Main-gauche.
- In music, Gauche is an independent rock band from São Paulo, Brazil.
- In Paris, the Rive Gauche is on the upper bank of the Seine.
- In French, gauche generally means "left" or "awkward"
all thumbs, awkward, blankminded, blunderheaded, blundering, boorish, bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, callow, careless, clownish, clumsy, clumsy-fisted, crude, cumbersome, dumb, empty, empty-headed, fingers all thumbs, fumbling, gawkish, gawky, graceless, green, groping, halting, ham-fisted, ham-handed, heavy-handed, hulking, hulky, ignorant, inane, inelegant, inept, inexperienced, innocent, know-nothing, left-hand, left-handed, loutish, lubberly, lumbering, lumpish, maladroit, naive, nescient, oafish, ponderous, raw, simple, sloppy, stiff, strange to, tentative, unacquainted, unapprized, uncomprehending, unconversant, uncouth, unenlightened, unfamiliar, ungainly, ungraceful, unhandy, unhappy, unilluminated, uninformed, uninitiated, unintelligent, unknowing, unpolished, unposted, unripe, unsure, unversed, unwieldy, vacuous, wooden