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gauche

[gohsh] /goʊʃ/
adjective
1.
lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless:
Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < French: awkward, left; Middle French, derivative of gauchir to turn, veer < Germanic
Related forms
gauchely, adverb
gaucheness, noun
Can be confused
gauche, gouache.
Synonyms
inept, clumsy, maladroit; coarse, gross, uncouth.
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British Dictionary definitions for gaucheness

gauche

/ɡəʊʃ/
adjective
1.
lacking ease of manner; tactless
Derived Forms
gauchely, adverb
gaucheness, noun
Word Origin
C18: French: awkward, left, from Old French gauchir to swerve, ultimately of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wankōn to stagger
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Word Origin and History for gaucheness

gauche

adj.

"awkward, tactless," 1751 (Chesterfield), from French gauche "left" (15c., replacing Old French senestre in that sense), originally "awkward, awry," from Middle French gauchir "turn aside, swerve," from Old French gaucher "trample, reel, walk clumsily," from Frankish *welkan "to full" (cloth), from Proto-Germanic *wankjan (cf. Old High German wankon, Old Norse vakka "to stagger, totter;" see wink (v.)).

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