Definitions for faux pasfoʊ ˈpɑ; foʊ ˈpɑz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

faux pasfoʊ ˈpɑ; foʊ ˈpɑz(n.)(pl.)faux pas

  1. a blunder; esp., an embarrassing social error.

    Category: Foreign Term

Origin of faux pas:

1670–80; < F: lit., false step

Princeton's WordNet

  1. faux pas, gaffe, solecism, slip, gaucherie(noun)

    a socially awkward or tactless act


  1. faux pas(Noun)

    A blunder (especially used in social contexts); a misstep.

  2. Origin: From the phrase faux pas, of the same meaning; composed of faux, “false, wrong”, and pas, “step”.

Webster Dictionary

  1. faux pas

    a false step; a mistake or wrong measure


  1. Faux pas

    A faux pas is a socially awkward or tactless act, especially one that violates accepted social norms, standard customs, or the rules of etiquette. The expression comes from French, where it means "false step", "misstep". Having been used in English for over 300 years, it is no longer italicized in writing. Synonyms include gaffe and blunder.

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an act of slipping

Her sprained ankle was a result of a slip on the path.

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