from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A person, especially a clumsy or uncouth one.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A fellow: a term of humorous contempt, often implying something awkward, silly, or weak in the person so designated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Slang, U. S. A noisy, swaggering, or worthless fellow; a rowdy.
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- noun A
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a disreputable or clumsy man
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
While it's probably true that the word "galoot" derived from a slur for African galley slaves, I would see it as ungracious and pedantic to bring this up with the implication that the person so informed must avoid the term for fear of transgressing the bounds of tolerance and responsibility.
Bill was admiring his new pants -- he boasted of having bought them for three dollars, and pointed out that Milt had been a "galoot" to spend ten dollars for shoes -- that some one knocked at the door.
You're the kind of galoot that ought never to git out of sight of a railroad.
I miss that big galoot and his empty-eyed sociopathic sidekick Franky.
PSG rested a few of their main players and handed a debut to former Liverpool galoot Momo Sissoko, whose performance, I see, was described by various French journals today as "catastrophic".
That young galoot I spoke to first had me written off the minute I opened my mouth.
This big galoot looks more fitting for a mini-boss role.
And when some twittering galoot busy with a handheld whatever is about to crash into you, whack him over the head with the rolled-up newspaper!
"I wanted the chance to meet Roy Hodgson privately and having done so, I'm very impressed with his plans for the future," added the England captain, who, in fairness, had already moved to dampen speculation linking him with moves to the likes of Real Madrid ... by performing like an incorrigible galoot at the World Cup.
“Bill, would you ask that big galoot to get off of Misty?”