plural noun
gal·​li·​gas·​kins | \ ˌga-li-ˈga-skənz How to pronounce galligaskins (audio) \

Definition of galligaskins

1a : loose wide hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries
b : very loose trousers
2 dialectal, chiefly British : leggings

First Known Use of galligaskins

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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 greek entry 1

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