- an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.
Origin of galoot
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
Jim was all fixed up, and he says to the galoot, 'Let's have a throw.'The Crisis, Complete
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.Ruth Fielding at Silver Ranch
Alice B. Emerson
Me and Si are goin' back to look for that galoot that shot at us.Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6)
- slang, mainly US a clumsy or uncouth person
Word Origin 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."