See also: gaffé and gáffe

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From French gaffe (blunder). Doublet of gaff.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /ɡæf/
  • Rhymes: -æf

NounEdit

gaffe (plural gaffes)

  1. A foolish and embarrassing error, especially one made in public.
    Synonyms: blooper, blunder, mistake, error, slip, slip-up; see also Thesaurus:error

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Occitan gaf (clasp), from Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍆𐌰𐌷 (gafah, clasp, noun), from 𐌲𐌰- (ga-, intensifier) + 𐍆𐌰𐌷𐌰𐌽 (fahan, to catch).

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Noun 1Edit

gaffe f (plural gaffes)

  1. gaffe, blunder, goof-up (North American), cock-up (British)

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DescendantsEdit

  • Portuguese: gafe

Noun 2Edit

gaffe f (plural gaffes)

  1. (nautical) boathook

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GermanEdit

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VerbEdit

gaffe

  1. inflection of gaffen:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. singular imperative
    3. first/third-person singular subjunctive I

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

gaffe f

  1. plural of gaffa

NounEdit

gaffe f (invariable)

  1. gaffe, blunder, boob