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gaffe Syllabification: gaffe

Definition of gaffe in English:


An unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder: an unforgivable social gaffe
More 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.
blunder, mistake, error, slip, faux pas, indiscretion, impropriety, miscalculation, gaucherie, solecism
informal slip-up, howler, boo-boo, fluff, flub, blooper, goof


Early 20th century: from French, literally 'boat hook'(from Provençal gaf: see gaff1), used colloquially to mean 'blunder'.

Words that rhyme with gaffe

caff, carafe, faff, gaff, naff, Najaf, piaffe, Taff
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