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
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.
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.
However, Marchessault’s minus-21 ice rating was a bone of contention with the coaching staff as was Smith’s minus-13, who was publicly called out by former interim coach Tom Rowe for a series of defensive gaffes.
The company has already lost Kalanick's right-hand man, Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael, following a number of gaffes including his suggestion that the company target a journalist who had been investigating the company.
In the global news cycle, a bombing in Baghdad or a Taliban strike in Kabul is like a typhoon in the Pacific or a Sean Spicer gaffe.
The gaffe turned up in Sussex, a village about 20 miles northwest of Milwaukee.
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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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