Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as gallows.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In ichthyology, a genus of carangoid fishes.
  • noun In conchology, same as Strombus.
  • noun In classical antiquity, a priest of Cybele.

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  • adjective Fit to be hanged; wicked; mischievous.

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

Etymologies

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A corruption of gallows, used attributively. Chiefly Scots.

Examples

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

    December 26, 2007

  • 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

  • The connection with suspenders is elusive.

    October 18, 2008

  • Wot, no chooks in yer britches, Asa?

    October 18, 2008