ga·​losh gə-ˈläsh How to pronounce galosh (audio)
obsolete : a shoe with a heavy sole
: a high overshoe worn especially in snow and slush
galoshed adjective

Examples of galosh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Made of 100% rubber with thick outsoles and a multidirectional tread pattern, these classic galoshes not only keep water out but also help prevent slips and hydroplaning. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2023 Best New Rain Boots Bogs Kicker Rain Chelsea II Now 25% Off $64 at When traditional Chelsea boots aren’t enough, but legit galoshes are just too much, there’s Bogs Kicker Rain Chelsea II. John Thompson, Men's Health, 6 June 2023 The brand somehow created a hybrid sneaker, boot and galosh with a few mountain bike chromosomes thrown in. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2023 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 See More

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of galosh was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Galosh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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ga·​losh ˈgə-ˈläsh How to pronounce galosh (audio)
: a high overshoe worn especially in snow and slush
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