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.
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- 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
If the definition of a gaffe is a politician accidentally telling the truth, this is absolutely, positively, one hundred percent gaffetastic:
Remember, a gaffe is when a politician says what they mean.
The remarks were so bizarre some observers dismissed them as just another gaffe from a candidate dogged by allegations of infidelity and sending pornographic images by email.
But this gaffe is for the best – even lamescream media wrote about it and political victims is what we need now.
The latest verbal gaffe from the tea party-backed contender came when she squared off in a debate against Democratic opponent Chris Coons.
Biden's gaffe is a disgrace to the office he has sworn to uphold, and the Democrats profiting on his coattails are setting a horrible example of us to the rest of our world.
Otherwise, this latest gaffe is just unforgiveable.
Remember, a gaffe is when you accidentally tell the truth …
In Michael Kinsley's famous formulation, a gaffe is what happens when a politician says what he actually thinks is true.
Let me follow up on this McCain gaffe in which he got confused ...