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From Middle English galoche, from Old French galoche (shoe with a wooden sole), but further history is uncertain.



galosh (plural galoshes)

  1. An overshoe or boot worn in wet weather:
    1. (Britain) A waterproof overshoe used to provide protection from rain or snow.
    2. (US) A waterproof rubber boot, intended to be worn in wet or muddy conditions.
  2. A gaiter, or legging, covering the upper part of the shoe and part of the leg.

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galosh (third-person singular simple present galoshes, present participle galoshing, simple past and past participle galoshed)

  1. (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.


  1. ^ Barnhart, Robert K., ed., Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, H.W. Wilson Co., 1988.
  2. ^ Klein, Dr. Ernest, A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, Amsterdam: Elsevier Scientific Publishing Co., 1971.
  3. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, 2002.