galoot

noun
ga·loot | \gə-ˈlüt \

Definition of galoot 

slang

: 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

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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, "How Aaron Judge Built Baseball’s Mightiest Swing," 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, courant.com, "From The Courant Archives: 1993 Profile Of Chris Berman Includes Story Of Meeting Wife," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of galoot

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galoot

of obscure origin

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galoot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of galoot

: a man or boy; especially : one who is foolish or awkward

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