noun (used with a plural verb) Older Use.

a pair of suspenders for trousers.

Origin of galluses

First recorded in 1825–35; variant of gallows
Related formsgal·lused, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for galluses

Historical Examples of galluses

  • Dont gentlemen put their feet on the table and let their galluses down?

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • And that other one—that Milbrey—from all I hear he's lighter'n cork—cut his galluses and he'd float right up into the sky.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • If your singletree chain broke, you fixed it wid mulberry skins; same wid your galluses.

  • He had shortened his "galluses" and hitched up his breeches to a very comfortable fit.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley

    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor

  • That air Rufe is shore the monstrousest scalawag that has escaped hangin' on the galluses.

British Dictionary definitions for galluses


pl n

dialect braces for trousers

Word Origin for galluses

C18: variant spelling of gallowses, from gallows (in the obsolete sense: braces)
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