[ gal-ee-west ]
/ ˈgæl iˈwɛst /


Informal. into a state of unconsciousness, confusion, or disarray (usually used in the phrase to knock galley-west).


Northern U.S. lopsided; cockeyed.

Origin of galley-west

1870–75, Americanism; alteration of British dialect collywest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for galley-west

  • I'd just hate awfully to lose those horns, now that I've knocked him galley-west.

    Rocky Mountain Boys|St. George Rathborne

British Dictionary definitions for galley-west



slang, mainly US into confusion, inaction, or unconsciousness (esp in the phrase knock (someone or something) galley-west)

Word Origin for galley-west

C19: from English dialect colly-west awry, perhaps from Collyweston, a village in Northamptonshire
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