Gauche



[gohsh] /goʊʃ/

adjective
1.
lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless:
Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.
/ɡəʊʃ/
adjective
1.
lacking ease of manner; tactless
adj.

“awkward, tactless,” 1751 (Chesterfield), from French gauche “left” (15c., replacing Old French senestre in that sense), originally “awkward, awry,” from Middle French gauchir “turn aside, swerve,” from Old French gaucher “trample, reel, walk clumsily,” from Frankish *welkan “to full” (cloth), from Proto-Germanic *wankjan (cf. Old High German wankon, Old Norse vakka “to stagger, totter;” see wink (v.)).

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