Definition of gauche in English:



  • Lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward.

    • ‘I anticipated someone overtly bookish, withdrawn or slightly gauche, and whose idea of fun was deciphering crossword puzzles.’
    • ‘How gauche I was to say what I thought and wanted!’
    • ‘He was, though, hopeless as a TV presenter: gauche, clumsy, slow, tongue-tied, forgetful, dull and disengaged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a shame that this album highlight is immediately followed by a song so embarrassingly gauche.’
    • ‘I realize I am helpless in the face of such penetratingly gauche cluelessness, and thus, I do the only thing I can do.’
    • ‘The former claimed he had stolen their patter, the latter that his vulgar, earthy humour was the contradictory métier of a gauche social climber.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was all very serious, with a constant fear of getting some nuance wrong, of revealing the gauche suburban soul beneath the fishnet tights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do you think this is a bit loud, you know, gauche, for someone in my condition?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've been told repeatedly that the residents of LA never ask for autographs - it's considered gauche.’
    • ‘It has a bleak, haunting charm which, while not fully compensating for some gauche and cheesy passages, is oddly appealing.’
    • ‘There were awkward speeches saying kind and clumsy things, gauche jokes and real fondness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone is so dramatically over-styled that in my messy cords & borrowed denim jacket I felt somewhat 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.’
    awkward, gawky, inelegant, graceless, ungraceful, ungainly, bumbling, maladroit, inept
    socially awkward, socially inept, unpolished, unsophisticated, uncultured, uncultivated, unrefined, raw, inexperienced, uneducated, unworldly
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Mid 18th century: French, literally left.