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[gal-i-gas-kinz] /ˌgæl ɪˈgæs kɪnz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
loose breeches in general.
leggings or gaiters, usually of leather.
Also, gallygaskins.
Origin of galligaskins
1570-80; earlier gallogascaine(s), galigascon(s), of obscure origin; final element is perhaps Gascon (later assimilated to -kin) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • "Cow's-grass, doublet, and galligaskins," responded the Refectioner.

    The Monastery Sir Walter Scott
  • He goes on to relate how he is besieged by duns, and what a chasm there is in his "galligaskins."

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • The assailants were indeed rascals of the same tarry, broad-breeched, stringfasted breed as galligaskins of the cellar door.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for galligaskins


plural noun
loose wide breeches or hose, esp as worn by men in the 17th century
leather leggings, as worn in the 19th century
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete French garguesques, from Italian grechesco Greek, from Latin Graecus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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