AskDefine | Define gauche

Dictionary Definition

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]

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English

Etymology

From gauche.

Pronunciation

  • , /gəʊʃ/, /g@US/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊʃ

Adjective

  1. Awkward or lacking in social graces; bumbling.
    Quotations:
    • "Seeking by vulgar pomp and gauche display" — Samuel Griswold (1793-1860)
  2. mathematics archaic Skewed, not plane.
  3. Describing a torsion angle of 60°

Translations

awkward, bumbling

French

Etymology

From 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.

Pronunciation

  • /goʃ/

Antonyms

Adjective

  1. awkward, gawky
  2. left

Noun

  1. the left, the left-hand side

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Gauche can refer to many things:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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