American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An awkward or tactless act, manner, or expression.
- n. A lack of tact; awkwardness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An awkward action; awkwardness; bungling; clumsiness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An awkward action; clumsiness; boorishness.
- n. a socially awkward or tactless act
- n. the quality of being rustic or gauche
- French, from gauche, gauche; see gauche. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today described the behaviour of MPs in Parliament over the issue of increasing their salaries as "gaucherie", saying this gives a wrong impression about those who are in politics.”
“A few men suppress coughs, but most people in the room are hard of hearing, so the minor gaucherie passes without notice.”
“But he has allowed his enemies to represent him as a figure of immense gaucherie, cynicism, and stupidity.”
“No one has ever accused Trump of being a slave to dignity, but this public quibbling over the size of his bank account raises the bar on gaucherie.”
“Malcolm Turnbull, was to be my morning blast today – but even shades of his amazing gaucherie has failed to make the passing grade.”
“We've looked the other way at the gaucherie of extreme consumption, spawned by the greatest concentration of wealth since the 1920s.”
“If anyone has the gaucherie to point out the left's nearly unblemished record of rooting against America, liberals turn around and scream "McCarthyism!”
“At which Sir Charles burst out into a yelling laugh, and made me blush not a little at my gaucherie; for the fact is, seeing him in the condition in which he was, I could not help speculating upon the chance a man of spirit might have with his widow.”
“The windfall is enough--with $8 million left over--to compensate for Wynn's gaucherie.”
“However, this imbroglio wasn't half as entertaining as Berlusconi's gaucherie while welcoming a newly elected MP from his Forza Italia party, Mara Carfagna, a comely 30-year-old showgirl from his Mediaset empire.”
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