faux pas

faux pas
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [foh pah]
    • /foʊ pɑ/
    • /fəʊ ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [foh pah]
    • /foʊ pɑ/

Definitions of faux pas words

  • noun plural faux pas a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion. 1
  • noun faux pas social mistake 1
  • countable noun faux pas A faux pas is a socially embarrassing action or mistake. 0
  • noun faux pas a social blunder or indiscretion 0
  • noun faux pas a social blunder; error in etiquette; tactless act or remark 0

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Origin of faux pas

First appearance:

before 1670
One of the 47% oldest English words
1670-80; < French: literally, false step

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Parts of speech for Faux pas


faux pas popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 29% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data about 63% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

faux pas usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for faux pas

noun faux pas

  • blooper — A blooper is a silly mistake.
  • blunder — A blunder is a stupid or careless mistake.
  • botch — If you botch something that you are doing, you do it badly or clumsily.
  • breach — If you breach an agreement, a law, or a promise, you break it.
  • break — When an object breaks or when you break it, it suddenly separates into two or more pieces, often because it has been hit or dropped.

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