Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. High boots or buskins.
  • n. Short spatterdashes or riding trousers, worn over the other clothing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. High boots or buskins; in Scotland, short spatterdashes or riding trousers, worn over the other clothing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A protection for the shoes, hose, etc., from mud and rain, worn especially by horsemen in the seventeenth century.

Etymologies

French gamaches. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By it are boots of all sizes, buskins, gamashes, brodkins, gambadoes, shoes, pumps, slippers, and every cobbled ware wrought and made steadable for the use of man.

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  • Only, instead of the tight-fitting stockings and neat pumps, which should have completed the costume, long leathern gamashes extended from knee to ankle, and were met below the latter by stout high-quartered shoes.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845.

  • He threw himself as he spoke upon a chair, and indolently, but gracefully, received the kind offices, of Albert, who undid the coarse buttonings of the leathern gamashes which defended his legs, and spoke to him the whilst: — “What a fine specimen of the olden time is your father, Sir Henry!

    Woodstock

  • He threw himself as he spoke upon a chair, and indolently, but gracefully, received the kind offices, of Albert, who undid the coarse buttonings of the leathern gamashes which defended his legs, and spoke to him the whilst: -- "What a fine specimen of the olden time is your father, Sir Henry!

    Woodstock; or, the Cavalier

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  • How splatter dashing!

    January 3, 2013