or gal·loot

[ guh-loot ]
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  1. an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.

Origin of galoot

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain

Words Nearby galoot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use galoot in a sentence

  • But the old man wanted his son to be a business man, not a crazy, piano-playing galoot.

    Roast Beef, Medium | Edna Ferber
  • Why, thars been a galoot around Tintacker ever since Spring opened.

  • I talk like a galoot when I get talking to feemale girls and I can't lay my tongue to anything that sounds right.

    The Octopus | Frank Norris
  • I don't propose to make a jumping-jack of myself for some galoot to give me the laugh, but we'll walk around.

    The Octopus | Frank Norris
  • Old Jack didn't hev no relatives, so he hed a right to make any galoot his heir.

    Frank Merriwell Down South | Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for galoot



/ (ɡəˈluːt) /

  1. slang, mainly US a clumsy or uncouth person

Origin of galoot

C19: of unknown origin

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