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- From Vulgar Latin *galopium or Late Latin calopedia (“a wooden shoe; a shoe with a wooden sole”), from Ancient Greek καλοπόδιον (kalopódion), diminutive of καλόπους (kalópous, “shoemaker's block”), compound of κᾶλον (kâlon, “wood”) and πούς (poús, “foot”). (More at holt and foot.)
- From Late Latin gallicula, diminutive of Latin gallica (solea) (“Gallic (sandal)”).
- From Old French galette (“flat round cake”), from galet (“pebble”).
galosh (plural galoshes)
- An overshoe or boot worn in wet weather:
- A gaiter, or legging, covering the upper part of the shoe and part of the leg.
- (waterproof rubber boot): Wellington boot
waterproof overshoe used to provide protection from rain or snow
- (intransitive) To walk while wearing, or as if wearing, galoshes; to splash about.
- 1979, Penelope Mortimer, About Time: An Aspect of Autobiography, page 36:
- My mother, at the age of seventeen, took them on single-handed, galoshing her way through the mud with bundles of tracts, not necessarily religious but always uplifting, and generous supplies of calves' foot jelly.