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or galoshe, golosh

[guh-losh] /gəˈlɒʃ/
a waterproof overshoe, especially a high one.
Origin of galosh
1325-75; Middle English < Old French galoche, of obscure origin Unabridged
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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


plural noun
(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

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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