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[guh-losh] /gəˈlɒʃ/
a waterproof overshoe, especially a high one.
Also, galoshe, golosh.
1325-75; Middle English < Old French galoche, of obscure origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for galoshes
  • They would not have gotten sunburns on their ankles if they had worn galoshes.
  • If you're looking for a fun, athletic replacement to your waterproof yellow galoshes, we've found one for you.
  • Many hotels keep stores of galoshes or boots on hand.
  • In the winter you should pack an umbrella and pair of galoshes.
  • Dress varied somewhat, but was generally dark and serious, enlivened occasionally by candy green galoshes.
  • He recalled that despite the heavy snow he experienced during boot camp, he was not issued any rubber overshoes or galoshes.
  • Be sure to wear warm clothing and shoes or galoshes that will keep your feet dry and comfortable.
  • Agency to provide safety shoes, galoshes and rain gear.
  • It was speculated that even the local moles were grabbing galoshes and raincoats.
  • Two or three of the younger members of the audience stomped the wooden floorboards with the soles of their galoshes.
British Dictionary definitions for galoshes


plural noun
(sometimes sing) a pair of waterproof overshoes
Word Origin
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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