galoot

or gal·loot

[ guh-loot ]
/ gəˈlut /

noun Slang.

an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.

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Nearby words

  1. galluses,
  2. gally,
  3. gallygaskins,
  4. galofalo,
  5. galois theory,
  6. galop,
  7. galore,
  8. galosh,
  9. galoshes,
  10. gals.

Origin of galoot

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for galoot

galoot

galloot

/ (ɡəˈluːt) /

noun

slang, mainly US a clumsy or uncouth person

Word Origin for galoot

C19: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for galoot

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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