plural noun

gal·​li·​gas·​kins ˌga-li-ˈga-skənz How to pronounce galligaskins (audio)
: loose wide hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries
: very loose trousers
dialectal, chiefly British : leggings

Word History


earlier also garragascoynes, perhaps reshaping (after gascon) of Middle French garguesques, greguesques (also chausses à la gregesque "leggings in the gregesque style"), borrowed from Spanish gregüescos, plural of gregüesco, probably for *greguesco, from griego "Greek" (going back to Latin Graecus) + -esco -esque — more at greek entry 1

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of galligaskins was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Galligaskins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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