or ga·loshe, go·losh

[ guh-losh ]
/ gəˈlɒʃ /


a waterproof overshoe, especially a high one.

Nearby words

  1. galofalo,
  2. galois theory,
  3. galoot,
  4. galop,
  5. galore,
  6. galoshes,
  7. gals.,
  8. galsworthy,
  9. galsworthy, john,
  10. galt

Origin of galosh

1325–75; Middle English < Old French galoche, of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for galoshes



/ (ɡəˈlɒʃɪz) /

pl n

(sometimes singular) a pair of waterproof overshoes

Word Origin for galoshes

C14 (in the sense: wooden shoe): from Old French galoche, from Late Latin gallicula Gallic shoe

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Word Origin and History for galoshes



mid-14c., kind of footwear consisting of a wooden sole fastened onto the foot with leather thongs, perhaps from Old French galoche (singular), from Late Latin gallicula, diminutive of gallica (solea) "a Gallic (sandal)" [Klein]. Alternative etymology [Barnhart, Hatz.-Darm.] is from Vulgar Latin *galopia, from Greek kalopodion, diminutive of kalopous "shoemaker's last," from kalon "wood" + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)). The surname Galocher is attested from c.1300. Modern meaning "rubber covering of a boot or shoe" is from 1853.

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