From French gauche (“left, awkward”), from French gauchir (“to veer, turn”), from Old French gaucher (“to trample, walk clumsily”), from Frankish welkan (“to full, trample”), from Proto-Germanic *welk- (“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.
- Awkward or lacking in social graces; bumbling.
- (mathematics, archaic) Skewed, not plane.
- (chemistry) Describing a torsion angle of 60°
- (lacking in social graces): adroit
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.
gauche (masculine and feminine, plural gauches)
gauche f (plural gauches)
- the left, the left-hand side
gauche m (plural gauches)
- (left): droite
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