gauchely

gauche

[gohsh]
adjective
lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless: Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.

Origin:
1745–55; < French: awkward, left; Middle French, derivative of gauchir to turn, veer < Germanic

gauchely, adverb
gaucheness, noun

gauche, gouache.


inept, clumsy, maladroit; coarse, gross, uncouth.
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gauche (ɡəʊʃ)
 
adj
lacking ease of manner; tactless
 
[C18: French: awkward, left, from Old French gauchir to swerve, ultimately of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wankōn to stagger]
 
'gauchely
 
adv
 
'gaucheness
 
n

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gauche
"awkward, tactless," 1751, from Fr. gauche "left" (replacing O.Fr. senestre in that sense), originally "awkward, awry," from M.Fr. gauchir "turn aside, swerve," from O.Fr. gaucher "trample, reel, walk clumsily," from Frank. *welkan "to full" (cf. O.H.G. wankon, O.N. vakka "to stagger, totter").
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