V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a social mistake or tactless act

Synonyms: blunder, slip, faux pas


Tips: A gaffe is a social mistake, improper act, or tactless remark. It's something embarrassing and usually considered impolite. Remember, a gaffe is not simply a mistake, it is an inappropriate and offensive statement or action.

Usage Examples:

His silly remark was just a gaffe, not intended to hurt anyone's feelings. (faux pas, blunder)

Miss Manners attempts to help people avoid social gaffes. (slips, tactless acts)

As long as he doesn't commit a major gaffe in public, he should win the election by a landslide. (faux pas, blunder)

While attending his company's holiday party, he committed a major gaffe by inappropriately commenting on the CEO's young wife. (faux pas, blunder)

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