Definitions

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  • adj. fit to be hanged; wicked; mischievous

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

  • n. alternative terms for gallows

Etymologies

A distortion of gallows, used attributively. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The billy flood rose or an elk charged him or the sultrup worldwright from the excelsissimost empyrean (bolt, in sum) earthspake or the Dannamen gallous banged pan the bliddy du-ran.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Should I have loved you from the beginning had we toddled to the rencounter; and would my love have passed safely through the "gallous young hound" period; and could I love you more now in any case, had I _all_ your days treasured up in my heart, instead of less than a year of them?

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

  • He used to know you when he was in service at the H---- s, and speaks of you as being then "a gallous young hound," whatever that may mean.

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

  • My Dearest: See what an effect your "gallous young hound" episode has had on me.

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

  • You must find me somebody who was a "gallous young hound" in the days of his youth -- Crossjay, for instance: -- there!

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

  • Father Reilly’s after reading it in gallous Latin, and “It’s come in the nick of time, ” says he; “so I’ll wed them in a hurry, dreading that young gaffer who’d capsize the stars.

    Act Three

  • I’ll say, a strange man is a marvel, with his mighty talk; but what’s a squabble in your back-yard, and the blow of a loy, have taught me that there’s a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed.

    Act Three

  • Ah, you’ll have a gallous jaunt I’m saying, coaching out through Limbo with my father’s ghost.

    Act Three

  • Ah, you'll have a gallous jaunt I'm saying, coaching out through Limbo with my father's ghost.

    The Playboy of the Western World; a Comedy in Three Acts

  • -- Father Reilly's after reading it in gallous Latin, and "It's come in the nick of time," says he; "so I'll wed them in a hurry, dreading that young gaffer who'd capsize the stars."

    The Playboy of the Western World; a Comedy in Three Acts

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