or gal·loot


noun Slang.

an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.

Origin of galoot

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for galoot

eccentric, fellow, crank, miser, galoot, dodo

Examples from the Web for galoot

Historical Examples of galoot

  • I want you to forget about that—this morning, and not think I am a galoot and a mucker.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • Jim was all fixed up, and he says to the galoot, 'Let's have a throw.'

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • You called George a galoot, and then he threw the base-ball club at you—is that it?

    Pastoral Days

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • Why, thars been a galoot around Tintacker ever since Spring opened.

  • Me and Si are goin' back to look for that galoot that shot at us.

British Dictionary definitions for galoot




slang, mainly US a clumsy or uncouth person

Word Origin for galoot

C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for galoot

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper