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
Origin and Etymology of gaffe
French, gaff, gaffe
First Known Use: 1909
GAFFE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gaffe for English Language Learners
: a mistake made in a social situation
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