gauche

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Borrowing from French gauche (left, awkward), from gauchir (to veer, turn), from Old French gaucher (to trample, walk clumsily), from Frankish *walkan (to full, trample), from Proto-Germanic *walkaną (to full, roll up). Akin to Old High German walchan (to knead), Old English wealcian (to roll up, curl), Old Norse valka (to drag about). More at walk.

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gauche (comparative more gauche, superlative most gauche)

  1. Awkward or lacking in social graces; bumbling.
    • 19th century, Samuel Griswold Goodrich (1793-1860), The Spirit Court of Practice and Pretence:
      Seeking by vulgar pomp and gauche display
      In 'good society', to make her way
    • 1879, George Meredith, The Egoist, chapter XLVI
      She looked a trifle gauche, it struck me; more like a country girl with the hoyden taming in her than the well-bred creature she is.
    • 1895, H.G. Wells, The Wonderful Visit, Chapter 18:
      "He's a trifle gauche" said Lady Hammergallow, jumping upon the Vicar's attention. "He neither bows nor smiles. He must cultivate oddities like that. Every successful executant is more or less gauche."
  2. (mathematics, archaic) Skewed, not plane.
  3. (chemistry) Describing a torsion angle of 60°

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  • (lacking in social graces): adroit

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gauchir (warp, distort), a conflation of Old French gauchier (tread) (from Frankish *walkan, cognate with English walk) + Old French guenchir (deviate) (from Frankish *wenkjan (sway, falter)). Gauche replaced the original word for "left", senestre, in the sixteenth century.

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gauche (masculine and feminine, plural gauches)

  1. awkward, gawky
  2. left

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gauche f (plural gauches)

  1. the left, the left-hand side

gauche m (plural gauches)

  1. (boxing) a left-hander, a southpaw

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gauche f (plural gauches)

  1. left