from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An article of footwear worn over a shoe as protection from water, snow, or cold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a waterproof shoe worn over an ordinary shoe during wet weather

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shoe that is worn over another for protection from wet or for extra warmth; esp., an India-rubber shoe; a galosh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shoe worn over another; specifically, an outer water-proof shoe; also, an outside shoe lined with fur or other warm material, worn in winter for the sake of warmth.

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

  • n. footwear that protects your shoes from water or snow or cold


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Such an eloquent defender of the overshoe is rare in the slush.

    The Time May Be Right for Galoshes to Make a Splash Again

  • After a campus-wide contest to name the school's athletic teams in 1925, freshman Margaret Hamlin won ten dollars for her suggestion of "Zippers" after a popular rubber overshoe of the same name made by local company B.F. Goodrich.

    Eight Great Stories About Strangely Named Team Mascots

  • Two minutes later — two hectic minutes — they were disturbed by an embarrassed couple also seeking the idyllic seclusion of the overshoe-closet.

    Main Street

  • And he later wrote a poem called "Passage to India" in which he talks about things like the laying of the Atlantic cable, the telegraph cable, between America and England, and the transcontinental railroad that met in Utah in 1869 -- all these advances, technological advances, which maybe to us look a little bit primitive -- the rubber overshoe and the icebox and so forth.

    Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography

  • The highest grades of native rubber may be used for waterproofing the uppers of a fine overshoe, while reclaimed rubber, of a cheap class even, may be good enough for the heel, which requires only to be waterproof and durable, without too much weight, and with no elasticity.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 1178, June 25, 1898

  • Margaret said, propping herself against the house with one hand, while she pulled at a tight overshoe.


  • Susan caught cold from a worn-out overshoe, and spent an afternoon and a day in bed, enjoying the rest from her aching head to her tired feet, but protesting against each one of the twenty trips that Mary

    Saturday's Child

  • Two minutes later -- two hectic minutes -- they were disturbed by an embarrassed couple also seeking the idyllic seclusion of the overshoe-closet.

    Main Street

  • When the wood road led into a clearing in which there was a rough little house of slabs, the child stopped altogether, and, looking down, began nervously to draw lines in the snow with her overshoe.

    Understood Betsy

  • I suppose that the author of this test would insist on calling a picture wrong which showed a baby with a safety-razor in his hand or an overshoe on his head, and yet a photograph of the Public Library could not be more true to life.

    Love Conquers All


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