Definition of gauche in English:



  • Unsophisticated and socially awkward.

    ‘a shy and gauche teenager’
    • ‘I think she was a little gauche, thoroughly charmed by the literary excitement of it all, and didn't realise he was maybe a little more amorous than she gave him credit for.’
    • ‘The dizziness might be from the faint memory of my uneasy childhood, the memory of my gauche first love, or from the memory of every humiliation I have had.’
    • ‘The former claimed he had stolen their patter, the latter that his vulgar, earthy humour was the contradictory métier of a gauche social climber.’
    • ‘It has a bleak, haunting charm which, while not fully compensating for some gauche and cheesy passages, is oddly appealing.’
    • ‘Well, that may have at one time been the case, back before it became gauche, but let me assure you, that is most definitely NOT the case anymore.’
    • ‘Maybe it's gauche to ask somebody if they got contacts.’
    • ‘How gauche I was to say what I thought and wanted!’
    • ‘The ensemble playing that provides the story's milieu has an organic feel, but is often fussy and gauche when what's required is brisk, broad caricature.’
    • ‘Everyone is so dramatically over-styled that in my messy cords & borrowed denim jacket I felt somewhat gauche.’
    • ‘It's a shame that this album highlight is immediately followed by a song so embarrassingly gauche.’
    • ‘My own first exposure would be 15 years later, gaping with a group of gauche friends at a third-generation video copy procured by an entrepreneurial older schoolboy.’
    • ‘He was, though, hopeless as a TV presenter: gauche, clumsy, slow, tongue-tied, forgetful, dull and disengaged.’
    • ‘There were awkward speeches saying kind and clumsy things, gauche jokes and real fondness.’
    • ‘I've been told repeatedly that the residents of LA never ask for autographs - it's considered gauche.’
    • ‘I realize I am helpless in the face of such penetratingly gauche cluelessness, and thus, I do the only thing I can do.’
    • ‘I would have loved to pair my cheese with a red wine but because of medication I am currently unable to drink so I settled for the very gauche option of a bowl of latte instead.’
    • ‘Wandering downstairs, I saw a gauche teenager sat on the bench seat near the exit - just him and a camera case on a seat for three.’
    • ‘Do you think this is a bit loud, you know, gauche, for someone in my condition?’
    • ‘I anticipated someone overtly bookish, withdrawn or slightly gauche, and whose idea of fun was deciphering crossword puzzles.’
    • ‘It was all very serious, with a constant fear of getting some nuance wrong, of revealing the gauche suburban soul beneath the fishnet tights.’
    awkward, gawky, inelegant, graceless, ungraceful, ungainly, bumbling, maladroit, inept
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Mid 18th century: French, literally ‘left’.