Gaffe - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡæf|  American pronunciation of the word gaffe
Brit.  |ɡaf|  British pronunciation of the word gaffe


- a socially awkward or tactless act (syn: gaucherie, slip, solecism)


He realized that he had committed an awful gaffe when he mispronounced her name.

...committed a huge gaffe when she started drinking from the finger bowl...

The consul's comments were a major diplomatic gaffe. magpies will no doubt seize upon the president's latest gaffe and blow it all out of proportion...

Word forms

singular: gaffe
plural: gaffes
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