Adjective "gauche" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unsophisticated and socially awkward.
  1. 'How gauche I was to say what I thought and wanted!'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'I anticipated someone overtly bookish, withdrawn or slightly gauche, and whose idea of fun was deciphering crossword puzzles.'
  4. 'He was, though, hopeless as a TV presenter: gauche, clumsy, slow, tongue-tied, forgetful, dull and disengaged.'
  5. 'I realize I am helpless in the face of such penetratingly gauche cluelessness, and thus, I do the only thing I can do.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'There were awkward speeches saying kind and clumsy things, gauche jokes and real fondness.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'It has a bleak, haunting charm which, while not fully compensating for some gauche and cheesy passages, is oddly appealing.'
  10. '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.'


1. lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless: Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be gauche beyond beliefs."

"people can be gauche as schoolgirls."

"people can be gauche."

"youths can be gauche."

"wets can be gauche."

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Mid 18th century: French, literally ‘left’.