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Below you will find the definition of gaffe, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a socially awkward or tactless act
EXAMPLES - Gaffe in a Sentence
- Otherwise, this latest gaffe is just unforgiveable. (source)
- Remember, a gaffe is when a politician says what they mean. (source)
- Heaps said she meant it as a joke, but the gaffe was her undoing. (source)
- Let me follow up on this McCain gaffe in which he got confused ... (source)
- It got me to thinking about the word gaffe and other related expressions. (source)
- One of the definitions of a gaffe is a politician inadvertently telling the truth. (source)
- Indeed, the gaffe was a gift to Democrats, who wasted no time hammering the GOP with it. (source)
- SIROTA: Well, the ugly I think is beyond the idea that Joe Biden is known as a gaffe-prone guy. (source)
- The so-called gaffe changed no minds by Kathlyn Stone on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 2: 26: 25 PM (source)
- The D-list comedienne tells Jimmy Kimmel about her D-word gaffe on CNN's live coverage of New Years. (source)
- Anything coming from McbusSame is gaffe after gaffe, which is not even reported by the American media ... (source)
- Unless Biden makes a gaffe, which is always possible, don't expect much coverage of what he or Jones have to say. (source)
- As Ruth says, her gaffe is the story and what is important is that the super delegates focus on her comments not his. (source)
- Unless I'm mistaken I called it a "gaffe" -- according to Webster "a social or diplomatic blunder; a noticeable mistake." (source)
- The gaffe was a result of President Obama's fondness for the Autocue and of the large number of guests at his St Patrick's Day dinner. (source)
- Say company insiders, the gaffe was the last in a series of disputes between Brown and his bosses over what was "edge" and what was over it. (source)
- If the definition of a gaffe is a politician accidentally telling the truth, this is absolutely, positively, one hundred percent gaffetastic: (source)
- But the reality here, though, is she's trying to take advantage of a gaffe, which is, you know, do people really turn to guns in bad economic times? (source)
- Reports on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) momentary "gaffe" - if that's what conventional prognostication wants to call it - are expected. (source)
- Typically, the media jumped on him -- NPR called it his "gaffe" -- and his speech contained the media's Sound Bite of the Week: "a war of Obama's choosing." (source)
- The fact that Hillary's statement is now being referred to as a gaffe indicates the extent to which many have been willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. (source)
- After Italian media printed the unflattering commentary from the U.S. briefing book which one newspaper tepidly called a gaffe, the White House issued a rare apology. (source)
- After Italian media printed the unflattering commentary from the U.S. briefing book, which one newspaper tepidly called a gaffe, the White House issued a rare apology. (source)
- But even then there were signs of the troubles to come (ironically, Biden's biggest "gaffe" - about Obama being tested early in his presidency - proved eerily prescient). (source)
- Reid was already known as a gaffe-prone, awkward public figure before Nevada earned the dubious distinction of the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the nation. (source)
- Biden's gaffe is a disgrace to the office he has sworn to uphold, and the Democrats profiting on his coattails are setting a horrible example of us to the rest of our world. (source)
- The remarks were so bizarre some observers dismissed them as just another gaffe from a candidate dogged by allegations of infidelity and sending pornographic images by email. (source)
- Warren pulled off a very difficult job, and that Senator Obama was smooth as usual except for his "above my pay grade" gaffe, which is one of those phrases that will stick and hurt. (source)
- We see that Joe Biden, he slips on those banana peels, but he does it, I guess, with such panache and confidence, that it gets called a gaffe instead of, you know, a disastrous performance. (source)
- The website supplier responsible for the DirectgovKids porno brand name gaffe that we first reported late last week has admitted it failed to spot the clanger when searching for the name via Google. (source)
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) ranking member of the Sen.te Committee on Homeland Security yesterday called the gaffe "shocking" and said the information "provides a road map to those who would do us harm." (source)
- Schlessinger, 63, had issued an apology the day after her verbal N-word gaffe and said on her website Aug. 11 that said she was wrong in using the word for what she called an attempt to make a philosophical point. (source)
- In any case, the gaffe is another reminder that Mr. Obama still draws strong support from the European elites, however much the European mass media has lately shifted its fascination to the mooseslayer Sarah Palin. (source)
- But this is known as a gaffe in our increasingly silly media culture, and he is shot down repeatedly for telling the truth and for nonsense like showing a little too much enthusiasm at a campaign rally (aka "the scream"). (source)
- I think someone like Liam Byrne thinks he can't achieve anything positive by that interview because there aren't enough people listening; the only way a clip gets repeated and rebroadcast is if he makes a "gaffe" - so he will do anything to avoid making one. (source)
- The consensus on yesterday's forum at Saddleback Valley Community Church is that Senator McCain had an exceptional night, that Rick Warren pulled off a very difficult job, and that Senator Obama was smooth as usual except for his "above my pay grade" gaffe, which is one of those phrases that will stick and hurt. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 56.0, which suggests that "gaffe" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 12 synonyms for gaffe.
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, faux pas, howler, impropriety, indecorum, indiscretion, putting foot in mouth, slip, solecism
We have 1 antonym for gaffe.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of gaffe from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A clumsy social error; a faux pas: "The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste” ( Mary McCarthy).
- (noun) A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A foolish and embarrassing error, especially one made in public.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A socially awkward or tactless act.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a socially awkward or tactless act