Galligaskins
Galligaskins Gal`li*gas"kins, n. pl. [Prob. corrupted fr. It. Grechesco Grecian, a name which seems to have been given in Venice, and to have been afterwards confused with Gascony, as if they came from Gascony.] Loose hose or breeches; leather leg quards. The word is used loosely and often in a jocose sense. [1913 Webster]

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  • galligaskins — [gal΄i gas′kinz] pl.n. [altered < Fr garguesque < OFr greguesque < It grechesca < Grechesca, Grecian (hence, orig., “Grecian breeches”)] 1. loosely fitting breeches worn in the 16th and 17th cent.: later applied humorously to any… …   English World dictionary

  • galligaskins — noun plural Etymology: probably modification of Middle French garguesques, from Old Spanish gregüescos, from griego Greek, from Latin Graecus Date: 1577 1. a. loose wide hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries b. very loose trousers… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • galligaskins — /gal i gas kinz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) 1. loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries. 2. loose breeches in general. 3. leggings or gaiters, usually of leather. Also, gallygaskins. [1570 80; earlier gallogascaine(s),… …   Universalium

  • galligaskins — noun large, loose breeches. A fashion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries …   Wiktionary

  • galligaskins — n. breeches or stockings; loose trousers; (U.K.) leather leggings worn in the 19th century …   English contemporary dictionary

  • galligaskins — [ˌgalɪ gaskɪnz] plural noun historical breeches, trousers, or gaiters. Origin C16: perh. an alt. (influenced by galley and Gascon) of obs. Fr. gargesque, from Ital. grechesca, feminine of grechesco Greek …   English new terms dictionary

  • galligaskins — gal·li·gas·kins …   English syllables

  • galligaskins — gal•li•gas•kins [[t]ˌgæl ɪˈgæs kɪnz[/t]] n. (used with a pl. v.) 1) clo loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries 2) clo any loose breeches 3) clo leggings or gaiters, usu. of leather • Etymology: 1570–80; orig. uncert …   From formal English to slang

  • galligaskins — /gæləˈgæskənz/ (say galuh gaskuhnz) plural noun 1. a kind of loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries. 2. loose breeches in general. 3. leggings or gaiters of leather. {apparently alteration of French garguesque, metathetic… …   Australian English dictionary

  • galligaskins — n.pl. hist. or joc. breeches, trousers. Etymology: orig. wide hose of the 16th 17th c., f. obs. F garguesque for greguesque f. It. grechesca fem. of grechesco Greek …   Useful english dictionary

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