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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use galoot in a sentence

  • Let the galoots disgrace themselves attacking war-heroes like General Marshall.

    Hagel And The Neo-McCarthyites | Bernard Avishai | December 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • It'd jest be pamperin' and encouragin' a lot o' galoots that lay around the hospitals to keep out o' fights.

  • Couldn't a man get a wink of sleep without condemned galoots hollering their prayers through a megaphone?

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
  • He came down from the Castle on the hill to the marketplace in the town and says he: "What do you galoots want, anyhow?"

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) | Henry Watterson
  • We don't want any more swaggerin' galoots ridin' up to this grocery and emptyin' their six-shooters in the air afore they 'light.

    Selected Stories | Bret Harte

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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