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