Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a socially awkward or tactless act

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Synonyms of Gaffe

faux pas, gaucherie, slip, solecism

Alternate forms of Gaffe

Hypernyms: bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall

Origin of the word Gaffe

  1. "blunder," 1909, from Fr. gaffe "clumsy remark," originally "boat hook," from O.Fr. gaffe, from O.Prov. gaf, probably from W.Goth. *gafa "hook," from P.Gmc. *gafa. Sense connection is obscure. The gaff was also used to land big fish. Or it may derive from Brit. slang gaff "to cheat, trick" (1893); or gaff "criticism" (1896… more

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Words that sound like Gaffe

gaap, gab, gaba, gabby, gaff, gap, gape, gas up, gasify, gasp, gavia, gawp, gazebo, gb, gbu-28, geb, ghb, gib, gibe, gip, give, give away, give off, give up

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