from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Loosely fitting hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- n.pl. Loose trousers.
- n.pl. Chiefly British Leggings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. large, loose breeches. A fashion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Loose hose or breeches; leather leg quards. The word is used loosely and often in a jocose sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A fashion of hose or slops worn in the sixteenth century. Also called gregs, venetians, and gaskins.
- Leather guards worn on the legs by sportsmen.
“Gown and galligaskins!” responded the Refectioner.
Sir, he secured my spare doublet, and had a pluck at my galligaskins — I was enforced to beat a retreat before I was altogether unrigged.
He was generally seen trooping like a colt at his mother's heels, equipped in a pair of his father's cast-off galligaskins, which he had much ado to hold up with one hand, as a fine lady does her train in bad weather.
_Tin_, or rather _Thin_, Breeches; whence they infer that the original bearer of it was a poor but merry rogue, whose galligaskins were none of the soundest, and who, peradventure, may have been the author of that truly philosophical stanza:
Neither did they establish their claims to gentility at the expense of their tailors, for as yet those offenders against the pockets of society and the tranquility of all aspiring young gentlemen were unknown in New Amsterdam; every good housewife made the clothes of her husband and family, and even the goede vrouw of Van Twiller himself thought it no disparagement to cut out her husband's linsey-woolsey galligaskins.
The stang is of Saxon origin, and is practised in Lancashire, Cumberland, and Westmoreland, for the purpose of exposing a kind of gyneocracy, or, the wife wearing the galligaskins.
He was generally seen trooping like a colt at his mother's heels, equipped in a pair of father's cast-off galligaskins, which he had much ado to hold up with, one hand, as
"Call you," said Dudley, "the accidental shaping of a ruff, or the manner of disposing of the folds of my galligaskins, an imitation of a prelatical model?"
QUOTATION: My galligaskins, that have long withstood
He was generally seen trooping like a colt at his mothers heels, equipped in a pair of his fathers cast-off galligaskins, which he had much ado to hold up with one hand, as a fine lady does her train in bad weather.