One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A foolish, awkward, or clumsy person.‘I don't know what she sees in that big ganch’
- ‘I wasn't talking to you, ya big ganch.’
- ‘If you ring them, you'll hear Greensleeves for three hours or—worse—you'll get some wee ganch who's obviously only there because there was no place else to put them.’
- ‘Out of good manners, I would hesitate to label him an ignorant ganch.’
- ‘"Be careful with that you big ganch", a woman shouts.’
- ‘No matter how tall I grow I'll still have to look up to you, you big lanky ganch.’
Early 18th century (in the verb sense ‘to snap or snarl’): originally Scots, of imitative origin.
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