Definition of gaffe in English:

gaffe

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Pronunciation: /ɡaf
 
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noun

An unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder: in my first few months at work I made some real gaffes his comments are a major diplomatic 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.
Synonyms
blunder, mistake, error, slip; indiscretion, impropriety, breach of etiquette, miscalculation, gaucherie, solecism; Frenchfaux pas; Latinlapsus linguae, lapsus calami
informal slip-up, howler, boo-boo, boner, botch, fluff, fail
British informal boob, bloomer, clanger
North American informal blooper, bloop, goof
British informal , dated floater
vulgar slang fuck-up

Origin

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

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