- either of a pair of overshoes, esp. a high, warmly lined overshoe of rubber and fabric: usually used in pl.
- Obs. any heavy shoe or boot
Origin of galoshMiddle English galoche from Old French from Medieval Latin galochium, shoe with a wooden sole from Vulgar Latin an unverified form calopus from Classical Greek kalopous, literally , wooden foot from kalon, wood + pous, foot
- A waterproof overshoe: I wear galoshes when it rains to keep my shoes dry.
- Obsolete A sturdy heavy-soled boot or shoe.
Origin of galoshMiddle English galoche wooden-soled shoe from Old French of unknown origin
- From Vulgar Latin *galopium, from Ancient Greek καλοπόδιον (kalopodion), diminutive of καλόπους (kalopous, “shoemaker's block”), compound of κᾶλον (kalon, “wood”) and πούς (pous, “foot”). More at holt and foot.
- From Late Latin gallicula, diminutive of gallica (solea) (“Gallic (sandal)”).
- From Old French galette (“flat round cake”), from galet (“pebble”).