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galoot

or gal·loot

[guh-loot]
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noun Slang.
  1. an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.

Origin of galoot

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for galoot

Historical Examples

  • I want you to forget about that—this morning, and not think I am a galoot and a mucker.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • Jim was all fixed up, and he says to the galoot, 'Let's have a throw.'

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • You called George a galoot, and then he threw the base-ball club at you—is that it?

    Pastoral Days

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • Why, thars been a galoot around Tintacker ever since Spring opened.

  • Me and Si are goin' back to look for that galoot that shot at us.


British Dictionary definitions for galoot

galoot

galloot

noun
  1. slang, mainly US a clumsy or uncouth person

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for galoot

n.

"awkward or boorish man," 1812, nautical, "raw recruit, green hand," apparently originally a sailor's contemptuous word for soldiers or marines, of uncertain origin. "Dictionary of American Slang" proposes galut, Sierra Leone creole form of Spanish galeoto "galley slave."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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