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galosh

or galoshe, golosh

[guh-losh] /gəˈlɒʃ/
noun
1.
a waterproof overshoe, especially a high one.
Origin of galosh
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Old French galoche, of obscure origin
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  • But it was the galoshes of Manhattan that saved his feet from freezing.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Miss Burt in galoshes and with a wrap over her head was coming up the garden.

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • Perhaps I'd better send him one for Christmas instead of a pair of galoshes.

    The Idiot at Home John Kendrick Bangs
  • There are tracks on the little porch, my dear girl, not made by your galoshes.

    Where There's A Will Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Would you go out in the grounds where we sat yesterday and fetch my galoshes?

  • "I believe her galoshes are in the passage outside her door," he said, and hurried after her.

  • The woman had put on a heavy coat, galoshes, and carried woolen blankets.

    The Cry at Midnight Mildred A. Wirt
  • “Wear your slickers and either high boots or galoshes,” the Cub leader advised the boys.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • A kindly but futile Ambassador shook the snow of Petrograd from his galoshes and solemnly and laboriously vanished.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for galoshes

galoshes

/ɡəˈlɒʃɪz/
plural noun
1.
(sometimes sing) a pair of waterproof overshoes
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: wooden shoe): from Old French galoche, from Late Latin gallicula Gallic shoe
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Word Origin and History for galoshes
n.

mid-14c., kind of footwear consisting of a wooden sole fastened onto the foot with leather thongs, perhaps from Old French galoche (singular), from Late Latin gallicula, diminutive of gallica (solea) "a Gallic (sandal)" [Klein]. Alternative etymology [Barnhart, Hatz.-Darm.] is from Vulgar Latin *galopia, from Greek kalopodion, diminutive of kalopous "shoemaker's last," from kalon "wood" + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)). The surname Galocher is attested from c.1300. Modern meaning "rubber covering of a boot or shoe" is from 1853.

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