or ga·loshe, go·losh

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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

Related Words for galoshes

footwear, oxford, brogan, galoshes, waders, mukluk

Examples from the Web for galoshes

Contemporary Examples of galoshes

Historical Examples of galoshes

  • But it was the galoshes of Manhattan that saved his feet from freezing.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Miss Burt in galoshes and with a wrap over her head was coming up the garden.

    The Invader

    Margaret L. Woods

  • Perhaps I'd better send him one for Christmas instead of a pair of galoshes.

    The Idiot at Home

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • There are tracks on the little porch, my dear girl, not made by your galoshes.

    Where There's A Will

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "I believe her galoshes are in the passage outside her door," he said, and hurried after her.

British Dictionary definitions for galoshes



pl n
  1. (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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