from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A clumsy social error; a faux pas: "The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste” ( Mary McCarthy).
- n. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A foolish and embarrassing error, especially one made in public.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A socially awkward or tactless act.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a socially awkward or tactless act
French, from Old French, hook; see gaff1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gaffe ("blunder"). (Wiktionary)