ga·​losh | \ gə-ˈläsh How to pronounce galosh (audio) \

Definition of galosh

1 obsolete : a shoe with a heavy sole
2 : a high overshoe worn especially in snow and slush

Other Words from galosh

galoshed \ gə-​ˈläsht How to pronounce galosh (audio) \ adjective

Examples of galosh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a downpour of criticism underway, the Bears have their umbrellas and galoshes ready. Rich Campbell,, 22 Oct. 2019 Lawrence and Season Lee were marching on a highway with their 3-year-old daughter, who tottered along in pink galoshes. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2019 Umbrellas and galoshes got a workout this spring, too. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2019 The onslaught of rain and snow may have the world reaching for their galoshes, but not Rihanna. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 30 Jan. 2019 Get Down with the Locals for a Caribbean Christmas Picture yourself swapping your mittens for sunscreen, snow galoshes for a floppy hat and eggnog for beachside tropical cocktails. Princess Cruises, Bon Appetit, 2 July 2018 At Middletown High School, faculty and former classmates described Nathan as a loner, a six-foot-three giant running down the hallways from class to class in oversize galoshes. James D. Walsh, Daily Intelligencer, 23 Jan. 2018 The connection between galoshes and music might seem tenuous, but the pitch is that the brand wants to encourage outdoor fun of all kinds. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, 14 Mar. 2018 In the book, Mrs. Whatsit — who has gray hair instead of red — first appears wearing a big overcoat, galoshes, and a bunch of scarves. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, 12 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of galosh

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for galosh

Middle English galoche "kind of sandal or clog with a wooden sole held to the foot with leather thongs," borrowed from Anglo-French & Middle French, borrowed from Old Occitan galocha, perhaps going back to Gallo-Romance *caloctium, borrowed from Greek of Massalia (Marseille) *kalóchtion, altered from *kalórtion, from Greek kâlon "wood, timber" (of uncertain origin) + -ortion, compound form (as in Middle Greek cheirórtion "glove," podórtion "gaiter") of Greek artḗr "kind of shoe," probably derivative of aeírein "to bind" with -tēr, instrument suffix — more at artery

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ga·​losh | \ gə-ˈläsh How to pronounce galosh (audio) \

Kids Definition of galosh

: a high shoe worn over another shoe to keep the foot dry especially in snow or wet weather usually used in pl.


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