What does gauche mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gauche, graceless, unpolishedadjective

    lacking social polish

    "too gauche to leave the room when the conversation became intimate"; "their excellent manners always made me feel gauche"


  1. Gauchenoun

    Lacking grace and perceptivity in social situations; crude; tactless; socially inept.

  2. Gauchenoun

    (Chem.) Not planar; -- of molecules or molecular conformations.


  1. gaucheadjective

    Awkward or lacking in social graces; bumbling.

  2. gaucheadjective

    Skewed, not plane.

  3. gaucheadjective

    Describing a torsion angle of 60°

  4. Etymology: From gauche, from gauchir, from gaucher, from welkan "to full, trample" from welk-. Akin to walchan, wealcian, valka. More at walk


  1. gauche

    Gauche refers to something or someone lacking grace, social polish, or sensitivity; it implies awkwardness, rudeness, or crudeness in manner, behavior or appearance. It is a term often used to describe a person who is uncomfortable or unsophisticated in social situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gauchenoun

    left handed; hence, awkward; clumsy

  2. Gauchenoun

    winding; twisted; warped; -- applied to curves and surfaces

  3. Etymology: [F.]


  1. Gauche

    Gauche is an R5RS Scheme implementation. It is designed for scripting in a production environment. It is intended to allow programmers and system administrators to write scripts in support of daily operations. Quick startup, built-in system interface, native multilingual support are some of its key design goals. Gauche is free software under the BSD License. It is primarily developed by Shiro Kawai.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gauche

    gōsh, adj. left-handed: clumsy.—n. Gauche′rie (-rē), clumsiness: awkwardness. [Fr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. gauche

    Lacking sensitivity and skill in dealing with others:brash, clumsy, impolitic, indelicate, maladroit, tactless, undiplomatic, unpolitic, untactful.Clumsily lacking in the ability to do or perform:awkward, bumbling, clumsy, heavy-handed, inept, maladroit, unskillful.awkward, clumsy, inept, unsophisticated, inelegant, graceless, unpolished, uncultured, maladroit, ill-bred, ill-mannered, lacking in social graces;lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness;crude.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 26, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gauche is ranked #126018 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gauche surname appeared 136 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gauche.

    80.8% or 110 total occurrences were White.
    18.3% or 25 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gauche in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gauche in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of gauche in a Sentence

  1. James Dean:

    I’m a serious-minded and intense little devil, terribly gauche and so tense I don’t see how people stay in the same room with me. I know I wouldn’t tolerate myself.

  2. Jean Iris Murdoch:

    A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the faade of his appearance.

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