Definition of gaffe
- committed an embarrassing gaffe when he mispronounced her name
- Kwan did not fall today, as she had in Friday's short program, a gaffe that left her in fourth place.
- —Christopher Clarey
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
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: a mistake made in a social situation
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