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gaffe

 (găf)
n.
1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas: "The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste" (Mary McCarthy).
2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.

[French, from Old French, hook; see gaff1.]

gaffe

(ɡæf)
n
a social blunder, esp a tactless remark
[C19: from French]

gaffe

(gæf)

n.
a social blunder; faux pas.
[1905–10; < French: blunder, probably figurative use of gaffe gaff1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gaffe - a socially awkward or tactless actgaffe - a socially awkward or tactless act  
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake

gaffe

noun blunder, mistake, error, indiscretion, lapse, boob (Brit. slang), slip-up (informal), slip, howler, bloomer (informal), clanger (informal), faux pas, boo-boo (informal), solecism, gaucherie He made an embarrassing gaffe at the convention last weekend.
Quotations
"A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth" [Michael Kinsley]
Translations
خَطَأ فاضِح
гафгрешка
botachybašlápnutí vedle
bommertbrøler
möhläysmokamunaus
háttleysa, klaufaskapur
išsišokimasneapdairumas
kļūmenepiedienīga izturēšanās
çam devirmegaf

gaffe

[gæf] Nplancha f (Sp), metedura f or (LAm) metida f de pata
to make a gaffemeter la pata, tirarse una plancha (Sp)

gaffe

[ˈgæf] n
(= mistake) → impair m
to commit a gaffe → commettre un impair
to make a gaffe → commettre un impair
to blow the gaffe (British)vendre la mèche

gaffe

nFauxpas m; (verbal) → taktlose Bemerkung; to make a gaffeeinen Fauxpas begehen; (by saying sth) → ins Fettnäpfchen treten (inf)

gaffe

[gæf] ngaffe f inv

gaffe

(gӕf) noun
something which ought not to have been said, done etc, a blunder.
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