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or galoshe, golosh

[guh-losh] /gəˈlɒʃ/
a waterproof overshoe, especially a high one.
Origin of galosh
1325-75; Middle English < Old French galoche, of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • Both garment and galoshes were quite useless to me in this hot country.

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

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • Wassermann from the Customs House came down too, his galoshes leaving a long dragging trail in the dry sand.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • There are tracks on the little porch, my dear girl, not made by your galoshes.

    Where There's A Will Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • At last she was off, Mijnheer's galoshes wallowing about her feet, his black-caped mackintosh thrown round her shoulders.

    The Good Comrade Una L. Silberrad
  • Would you go out in the grounds where we sat yesterday and fetch my galoshes?

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

    The Idiot at Home John Kendrick Bangs
  • "I believe her galoshes are in the passage outside her door," he said, and hurried after her.

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

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
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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