gaffe

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noun \ˈgaf\

Definition of gaffe

  1. 1 :  a social or diplomatic blunder committed an embarrassing gaffe when he mispronounced her name

  2. 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

  1. He realized that he had committed an awful gaffe when he mispronounced her name.

  2. 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

gaffe

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noun \ˈgaf\

Definition of gaffe for English Language Learners

  • : a mistake made in a social situation



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