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Definition of "galoot" [ga•loot]

  • Slang A person, especially a clumsy or uncouth one. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "galoot" in a sentence
  • "While it's probably true that the word "galoot" derived from a slur for African galley slaves, I would see it as ungracious and pedantic to bring this up with the implication that the person so informed must avoid the term for fear of transgressing the bounds of tolerance and responsibility."
  • "Bill was admiring his new pants -- he boasted of having bought them for three dollars, and pointed out that Milt had been a "galoot" to spend ten dollars for shoes -- that some one knocked at the door."
  • "You're the kind of galoot that ought never to git out of sight of a railroad."