- 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: He wears galoshes when it rains to keep his feet 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”).