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

  • n. An awkward or tactless act, manner, or expression.
  • n. A lack of tact; awkwardness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A socially tactless or awkward act.
  • n. Lack of tact; tactlessness; awkwardness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An awkward action; clumsiness; boorishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An awkward action; awkwardness; bungling; clumsiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)



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