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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Definitions for galligaskins

  1. leggings or gaiters, usually of leather.
  2. loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Citations for galligaskins
He was generally seen trooping like a colt at his mother's heels, equipped in a pair of his father's cast-off galligaskins, which he had much ado to hold up with one hand, as a fine lady does her train in bad weather. Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle, 1819
In galligaskins and filthy leather, his hat lost, his hair all elf-locks, he staggered toward WS. Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun: A Story of Shakespeare's Love Life, 1964
Origin of galligaskins
Galligaskins is of obscure origin, though it's often associated with the now-obsolete French word garguesques. It entered English in the 1570s.
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