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gauche

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English

Etymology

From French gauche (left, awkward).

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
gauche

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  1. Awkward or lacking in social graces; bumbling.
    Quotations:
    • "Seeking by vulgar pomp and gauche display" — Samuel Griswold (1793-1860)
  2. (mathematics, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Skewed, not plane.
  3. (chemistry) Describing a torsion angle of 60°

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (lacking in social graces): adroit

Translations


French

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

Antonyms

Adjective

gauche (epicene, plural gauches)

  1. awkward, gawky
  2. left

Noun

gauche f.

  1. the left, the left-hand side

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