Definition of galosh
1 obsolete : a shoe with a heavy sole
2 : a high overshoe worn especially in snow and slush
galoshedplay \gə-ˈläsht\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th century
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: 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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