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

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

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The onslaught of rain and snow may have the world reaching for their galoshes, but not Rihanna. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Takes the Winter Sandal to Frosty New Heights," 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, "Set Sail for Adventure This Holiday Season," 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, "A Son Took His Mother Out Fishing. She Never Came Back.," 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, "A Massive (and Free) Music Festival Is Coming to the Rose Bowl Next Weekend," 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, "14 Differences Between the Wrinkle in Time Movie and the Book," 12 Mar. 2018 Her ex-boyfriend asked how Nathan could have swum to his life raft while wearing his signature galoshes. James D. Walsh, Daily Intelligencer, "A Son Took His Mother Out Fishing. She Never Came Back.," 23 Jan. 2018 Continuing the plastic theme, the singer proved that rain shoes needn’t be wellies in straight-from-the-runway spring 2018 Off-White heels with transparent galosh-like outer sleeves. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rihanna Already Has a Leg Up on Next Spring’s Hottest Look," 19 Oct. 2017 On Wednesday, Edwin Cortes Medina, wearing vinyl galoshes in the sweltering heat, lifted a metal sheet from his driveway and carried it to a pile in the median of the street outside his home. Daniella Silva, NBC News, "For Puerto Ricans in Hard-Hit Arecibo, ‘Everything Was Lost’," 5 Oct. 2017

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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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