gaffe for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (gæf) also gaff
Word forms: gaffes
1. countable noun
A gaffe is a stupid or carelessmistake, for example when you say or do something that offends or upsets people. ⇒ He made an embarrassing gaffe at the convention last weekend. ⇒ ...social gaffes committed by high-ranking individuals.
You would agree, I trust, that Gartree was an appalling gaffe ?Kippax, Frank THE SCAROn their way home he'd tried to cover up his gaffe by setting up other hares for Upshire to course.Meek, M R D A WORM OF DOUBTIt was clear that she was infinitely more upset by her social gaffe than by Marcus's death.Barnard, Robert THE DISPOSAL OF THE LIVINGSharon had said so much worse to Cynthia, so blithely and unknowingly, that it was hilarious she would fret over this minor gaffe.Laura Lippman EVERY SECRET THING