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[guh-loot] /gəˈlut/
noun, Slang.
an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.
Origin of galoot
1805-15; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They can stand right up here and tell me to my face that I'm a galoot and a liar and a hick!

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • I want you to forget about that—this morning, and not think I am a galoot and a mucker.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Why, thars been a galoot around Tintacker ever since Spring opened.

  • Jim was all fixed up, and he says to the galoot, 'Let's have a throw.'

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • By the taste in my mouth and the feel of my wrists, that galoot must have tied me up and gagged me!

  • You called George a galoot, and then he threw the base-ball club at you—is that it?

    Pastoral Days William Hamilton Gibson
  • Me and Si are goin' back to look for that galoot that shot at us.

  • You know where that galoot Hodge is hid, and youll tell, too.

    Frank Merriwell's Alarm Burt L. Standish
  • "That's a nice lot of trash fur a galoot ter have in his pockets," he declared, looking at the pile in disgust.

  • Like 'nuff some galoot'll be mean 'nuff to try to git that thousand.

British Dictionary definitions for galoot


(slang, mainly US) a clumsy or uncouth person
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for galoot

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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