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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