gaucherie

noun

gau·​che·​rie ˌgō-sh(ə-)ˈrē How to pronounce gaucherie (audio)
: a tactless or awkward act

Examples of gaucherie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now return to the Medici and imagine their fainting fits, were they exposed to Neel’s principled gaucherie. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Another gaucherie by somebody else will come along soon enough to get our minds off it. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, 23 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

French

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaucherie was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Gaucherie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaucherie. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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