Definitions

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  • adj. Fit to be hanged; wicked; mischievous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as gallows.
  • n. A genus of gallinaceous birds, of the family Phasianidæ, having as type the domestic hen, G. domesticus, some if not all varieties of which are the modified descendants of Gallus ferrugineus or bankivus; the jungle-fowl.
  • n. In ichthyology, a genus of carangoid fishes.
  • n. In conchology, same as Strombus.
  • n. In classical antiquity, a priest of Cybele.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
  • n. common domestic birds and related forms

Etymologies

A corruption of gallows, used attributively. Chiefly Scots. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Camels are not beautiful, and their long under lip gives them an exceedingly "gallus" -- [Excuse the slang, no other word will describe it] -- expression.

    The Innocents Abroad

  • A second set of flapless wings, the fourth is tucked behind the third; a lump of meat that never sings, the gallus is a wondrous bird.

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  • The gallus is a wondrous bird, its second wing grows from the first.

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  • Dr Wendy Anderson, from the Department of English Language at the University of Glasgow, said: We're interested in the currency of distinctively Scottish words, such as gallus, canny, muckle, sonsie and braw.

    languagehat.com: SCOTS.

  • It consisted of one pair of breeches rolled up to the knees, with one patch on the "western hemisphere," one little shirt with one button at the top, one "gallus," and one invalid straw hat.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales

  • With one "gallus" to pants that were rolled to the knee,

    The Old Hanging Fork and Other Poems

  • "I be a uncommon vool, maester, sartinly," blubbered George on one occasion when the miller was on the point of turning him off, as a preliminary step on the road to the "gallus," which Master Lake expressed his belief that he was "sartin sure to come to."

    Jan of the Windmill

  • The Scots word is "gallus", a bare-faced, cheeky bravado that aims to add humiliation to a defeat.

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  • What era is the marble statue of a young hercules from? the accession number is 03.12.13 and if you can please do the same for the bronze statue of the emperor trebonianus gallus accession number 05.30 thanks in advance

    SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles - Part 645

  • All these handsome, collectible birds descend from a common ancestor, Gallus gallus, the marauding scavenger of the bamboo forests in Indonesia.

    MY EMPIRE OF DIRT

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  • Wot, no chooks in yer britches, Asa?

    October 18, 2008

  • The connection with suspenders is elusive.

    October 18, 2008

  • gallus-a form of "gallows" and it has come into use as an adverb of forcible emphasis in much the same way as "bloody" has---"gallus bad weather we be getting."

    October 18, 2008

  • Scots - self-confident, cheeky, daring or reckless.

    December 26, 2007