galoot

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Quranic Arabic جالوت (Egyptian pronunciation: Ǧālūt), proper name equivalent to English "Goliath," giant warrior of the ancient Philistine ethnicity; cf. connotations of derogatory uses of English philistine.

Noun[edit]

galoot ‎(plural galoots)

  1. (derogatory) A clumsy or uncouth person.
    • 1901, Frank Norris, The Octopus, 2008, page 293,
      "I talk like a galoot when I get talking to feemale[sic] girls and I can't lay my tongue to anything that sounds right."
    • 1901, Winston Churchill, The Crisis, 2008, page 190,
      "Now there was an ugly galoot whose name isn't worth mentioning. [] "
    • 1993, TIME, Volume 141, Issues 18-26, page 53,
      On TV and in movies and magazine ads, the image of fathers over the past generation evolved from the stern, sturdy father who knew best to a helpless Homer Simpson, or some ham-handed galoot confounded by the prospect of changing a diaper.
    • 2012, John C. Gallagher, The Blood-Dimmed Tide Is Loosed, page 113,
      “So if someone does something I do not agree with, I could call him a galoot and it would be okay?”
      “Something like that, if you were friends.”
      “Are galoots always men?”

Synonyms[edit]

  • (clumsy or uncouth person): lout, oaf

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