Galligaskins definition

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Loosely fitting hose or breeches worn in the 1500s and 1600s.
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Loose trousers.
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(chiefly british) Leggings.
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Loosely fitting breeches worn in the 16th and 17th cent.
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(brit., dial.) Leggings or gaiters.
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(archaic) Large, loose breeches. A fashion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of galligaskins - gallygaskins

Origin of galligaskins

  • Perhaps alteration (influenced by galley) (Gascon) of French garguesques variant of greguesques from Spanish gregüescos from griego Greek from Latin Graecus Greek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition