ga·​loot | \ gə-ˈlüt How to pronounce galoot (audio) \

Definition of galoot

: fellow especially : one who is strange or foolish

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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 And yes, that left-handed galoot in the fairway goes by the name of Phil Mickelson. David Weiss, WSJ, "Are Elite Golf Courses Worth the Steep Fees?," 22 Jan. 2020 In other Gronkowski news, the big galoot has always been generous with his time and his compassion. Jim Mcbride,, "John Hannah ideal choice to honor ex-teammate, good friend Leon Gray," 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, "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,, "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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The first known use of galoot was circa 1818

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“Galoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of galoot

US slang : a man or boy especially : one who is foolish or awkward

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