from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking social polish; tactless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Awkward or lacking in social graces; bumbling.
  • adj. Skewed, not plane.
  • adj. Describing a torsion angle of 60°

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Left handed
  • n. Winding; twisted; warped; -- applied to curves and surfaces.
  • n. Lacking grace and perceptivity in social situations; crude; tactless; socially inept.
  • n. Not planar; -- of molecules or molecular conformations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Left-handed; awkward; clumsy.
  • In mathematics, skew.

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  • adj. lacking social polish


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, awkward, lefthanded, from Old French, from gauchir, to turn aside, walk clumsily, of Germanic origin.

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From French gauche ("left, awkward"), from French gauchir ("to veer, turn"), from Old French gaucher ("to trample, walk clumsily"), from Frankish welkan "to full, trample" from Proto-Germanic *welk- (“to full, roll up”). Akin to Old High German walchan ("to knead"), Old English wealcian ("to roll up, curl"), Old Norse valka ("to drag about"). More at walk


  • If I were strapping a sword and a main gauche, that is.

    Ode to a silver hair found in my hairbrush:

  • Like, when one of the characters extolls Beowulf's deeds and says how his story will live on forever, and you think, yeah, until a millenia and a bit later when it'll get dug up, rewired into a monstrously misshapen thing, painted in gauche muticolour, and made to dance like a monkey-puppet in a Follywood Spectacular.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Admission: I'm a southpaw myself, but my main gauche still lags behind its more popular sibling in terms of technique, so I'm not sure how much this would help me.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • They had begun at once to employ upon him the oldest arts known to woman, and he was not flustered or "gauche" -- a word Winona had lately learned.

    The Wrong Twin

  • “Bella,” chided Mrs. Griffiths, while Myra, recalling a gauche uncle and cousin who had come on from Vermont several years before to visit them

    An American Tragedy

  • Nixon worked his way through a crowd, shaking hands, and in his "gauche" (Brown's word) way, tried to connect with people by asking them, "How does it feel to be free?"

    Only Nixon could go to Ghana

  • I'm not sure: was it considered "gauche" or did the chomping frazzle my father's ...

    Stephanie Gertler: Left-Overs

  • I'm not sure: was it considered "gauche" or did the chomping frazzle my father's nerves?

    Stephanie Gertler: Left-Overs

  • Who's the friggin' "gauche" one, you placenta-burying, nipple scalding freak?

    Belly Achin'

  • Hippy Dippy told Blondie she was "gauche" for asking why she didn't just throw it out.

    Belly Achin'


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  • it is hard to get it right!

    Did it run into the left bank?

    October 9, 2012

  • "C.S.S. Virginia struggles to damage the U.S.S. Monitor in this gauche'>gouache">gauche painting which brings to life the drama of close combat with frightening power of armament and devotion to duty."
    Aside from thinking this is a stupid sentence, I am also pretty sure they meant that the painting is gouache. *eyeroll*

    October 8, 2012

  • I once heard it pronounced "goach", which is the goachest thing one can do

    October 30, 2009

  • It can be used as a synonym for clumsy, if that's what you mean...

    (I just checked the dictionary)

    June 16, 2008

  • Is this as pejorative in the French as it is in English?

    June 16, 2008

  • A gauche ganache, served with panache, but leading to bellyache.

    February 19, 2007

  • I love that gauche and ganache are next to each other on your list. They're a lovely pair. And now I'm doing my best to imagine "a gauche ganache."

    February 17, 2007