Lacking social grace, tact, or good manners


US English

UK English

Part of speech



awkward, bumbling, clumsy, inelegant, uncivil


graceful, refined, polished, sophisticated

Example sentences

  • Her gauche behavior made her the subject of ridicule at the party.
  • He felt embarrassed by his gauche remarks during the interview.
  • The gauche antics of the comedian left the audience cringing.


The word “gauche” is used to describe someone or something that lacks social grace, tact, or good manners. It is often used to suggest clumsiness or awkwardness, particularly in social situations. The word can be applied to both physical and verbal behaviors, and may indicate a lack of confidence or poise. A person or thing that is described as “gauche” may be seen as being socially inexperienced or inexperienced in a particular setting, and may be viewed as being out of place or inappropriate. In some contexts, the term may be used more broadly to describe anything that lacks social grace, tact, or good manners