From Middle English galoche, galache, galage (meaning shoe), from Old French galoche, perhaps altered from Latin gallica ( meaning a Gallic shoe), or from Late Latin calopedia (meaning wooden shoe, or shoe with a wooden sole), from Ancient Greek diminutive of καλόπους (kalopous, “a shoemaker's last; wood + foot”).
galoshe (plural galoshes)
- (obsolete) A clog or patten.
- Nor were worthy [to] unbuckle his galoche. - Chaucer.
- Hence, an overshoe worn in wet weather.
- A gaiter, or legging, covering the upper part of the shoe and part of the leg.