[ gal-i-gas-kinz ]

noun(used with a plural verb)
  1. loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

  2. loose breeches in general.

  1. leggings or gaiters, usually of leather.

Origin of galligaskins

1570–80; earlier gallogascaine(s), galigascon(s), of obscure origin; final element is perhaps Gascon (later assimilated to -kin)

Words Nearby galligaskins Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use galligaskins in a sentence

  • "Cow's-grass, doublet, and galligaskins," responded the Refectioner.

    The Monastery | Sir Walter Scott
  • This 'ere old friend o' mine don't unnerstand ye wi' yer fustian an' yer galligaskins.

    The Treasure of Heaven | Marie Corelli
  • 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
  • "A green gown and a pair of leathern galligaskins every Pentecost," said the Kitchener.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for galligaskins



/ (ˌɡælɪˈɡæskɪnz) /

pl n
  1. loose wide breeches or hose, esp as worn by men in the 17th century

  2. leather leggings, as worn in the 19th century

Origin of galligaskins

C16: from obsolete French garguesques, from Italian grechesco Greek, from Latin Graecus

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