Definition of gaffe
1 : a social or diplomatic blunder committed an embarrassing gaffe when he mispronounced her name
2 : a noticeable mistake Kwan did not fall today, as she had in Friday's short program, a gaffe that left her in fourth place. — Christopher Clarey
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
Recent Examples of gaffe from the Web
His administration has since been battered by a scandal over suspicions of favoritism to a friend's business, verbal gaffes by cabinet ministers and concerns about Abe's intentions to revise the constitution.
Obama's Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, quickly seized on the gaffe as evidence Obama was concealing a secret agenda for his second term.
All the components were in place to ensure a smooth, uneventful, gaffe-free trip.
The prime minister’s grip over the Liberal Democratic Party had already been loosened before the vote by a series of scandals and gaffes that led to a plunge in his approval ratings.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s new party, the Tokyoites First party, trounced LDP candidates as Tokyo voters showed dissatisfaction with Abe over recent scandals and gaffes.
Early errors Florida scored an unearned run in both of the first two innings after gaffes by first baseman Nick Coomes.
Erase the teeny-tiny gaffes and the Tigers, with their piecemeal pitching, not the Gators, are one win away from winning the national championship with game two set for Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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GAFFE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gaffe for English Language Learners
: a mistake made in a social situation
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