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galloot

[guh-loot]
noun
  1. galoot.
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galoot

or gal·loot

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

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for galloot

galloot

noun
  1. a variant spelling of galoot
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galoot

galloot

noun
  1. slang, mainly US a clumsy or uncouth person
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Word Origin for galoot

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for galloot

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."

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