ga·​loot gə-ˈlüt How to pronounce galoot (audio)
: fellow
especially : one who is strange or foolish

Examples of galoot in a Sentence

he's a bighearted galoot, even if he's not the sharpest tool in the shed
Recent Examples on the Web Henri was a tall galoot with a hawk nose, very little chin, and a prominent Adam’s apple. Lucy Sante, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023 Nobody plays a big galoot better than Marino and Ron can be profoundly annoying and ridiculous, the worst of the try-hards. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 22 Feb. 2023 Winston Duke, my favorite big galoot, gets to have a little fun as the garrulous tribal leader M’Baku, but the new character Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne), who is intended for a Disney+ TV spin-off, feels a bit lost in the shuffle. David Sims, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2022 Stefan, if something of a sad sack, is also a charming big galoot who sincerely believes in love. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2022 And yes, that left-handed galoot in the fairway goes by the name of Phil Mickelson. David Weiss, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 In other Gronkowski news, the big galoot has always been generous with his time and his compassion. Jim McBride,, 20 July 2019 But Judge, his uncommon size notwithstanding, is not just a musclebound galoot who clubs baseballs over the wall with brute strength. Billy Witz, New York Times, 17 July 2017 Berman met his wife, the former Kathy Alexinski, when the big galoot faked car trouble just for the opportunity to ask Kathy for her help--and a breakfast date. Michael Arace,, 10 May 2017

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Word History


of obscure origin

First Known Use

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galoot was circa 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Galoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: fellow sense 4a
especially : a person who is odd or foolish
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