galligaskins

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plural noun gal·li·gas·kins \ˌga-li-ˈga-skənz\

Definition of galligaskins

  1. 1a :  loose wide hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuriesb :  very loose trousers

  2. 2 dialectal, chiefly British :  leggings

Origin and Etymology of galligaskins

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 1Greek


First Known Use: 1577


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