Simple Definition of gaffe
: a mistake made in a social situation
Full Definition of gaffe
1 : a social or diplomatic blunder
2 : a noticeable mistake
Examples of gaffe in a sentence
He realized that he had committed an awful gaffe when he mispronounced her name.
<committed a huge gaffe when she started drinking from the finger bowl>
Origin and Etymology of gaffe
French, gaff, gaffe
First Known Use: 1909
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