- loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- loose breeches in general.
- leggings or gaiters, usually of leather.
Origin of galligaskins
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Examples from the Web for galligaskins
"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
- loose wide breeches or hose, esp as worn by men in the 17th century
- leather leggings, as worn in the 19th century
C16: from obsolete French garguesques, from Italian grechesco Greek, from Latin Graecus
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