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gauche

[ gohsh ]SEE DEFINITION OF gauche

Synonyms for gauche

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Antonyms for gauche

  • elegant
  • graceful
  • mannerly
  • polished
  • refined
  • sophisticated
  • tactful
  • tasteful
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He came forward with a gauche gallantry, and offered his arm to Horatia.

The gauche boy gone from him, Milt took her hand, pressed it to his cheek.

If she were not so tall!how can one be anything but gauche with a figure like that?

There is, even, in the architecture of Winnipeg, a sort of gauche pride visible.

He felt awkward, gauche, tongue-tied, hot and cold by turns.

"Au fond de la cour, troisieme a gauche," said the concierge.

It is not that gauche happenings are serious offenses, no matter how awkward the incident.

How could he have been so gauche, so clumsy and unlike himself.

My eyes glanced around to see the effect produced on my friends by my gauche cousin.

He was ashamed now when he recalled the gauche sense of superiority that had showed itself in bad manners.

WORD ORIGIN

"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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bumbling

adjectiveunskillful
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  • graceless
  • inept
  • maladroit
  • unpolished

gawky

adjectiveclumsy
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