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gaffe

[gaf] /gæf/
noun
1.
a social blunder; faux pas.
Origin of gaffe
1905-1910
1905-10; < French: blunder, probably special use of gaffe gaff1
Can be confused
gaff, gaffe.
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gaffe

/ɡæf/
noun
1.
a social blunder, esp a tactless remark
Word Origin
C19: from French
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Word Origin and History for gaffe
n.

"blunder," 1909, perhaps from French gaffe "clumsy remark," originally "boat hook," from Middle French gaffe (15c.), from Old Provençal gaf, probably from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *gafa. Sense connection is obscure; the gaff was used to land big fish. Or it may derive from British slang gaff "to cheat, trick" (1893); or gaff "criticism" (1896), from Scottish dialect sense of "loud, rude talk" (see gaff (n.2)).

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