- An unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder: an unforgivable social gaffeMore example sentences
- He was forced to resign from the position of transport secretary at the end of May after an 11-month tenure marked by a series of gaffes and blunders.
- Embarrassment concerns lighter social gaffes and violations of decorous comportment.
- Otherwise it's merely a gaffe, an embarrassment or a row.
early 20th century: from French, literally 'boat hook'(from Provençal gaf: see gaff1), used colloquially to mean 'blunder'.