Definition of galah in English:

galah

noun

  • 1A small Australian cockatoo with a grey back and rosy pink head and underparts.

    • ‘Because of today's down time with Esmeralda, it will be another day that I write about one of Australia's favourite idiots, the beautiful pink and grey galah.’
    • ‘The galah is an Australian native parrot noted for low brainpower.’
    • ‘You can attract birds like eastern rosellas, king parrots, galahs and lorikeets to your garden.’
    • ‘But it no longer seems the slightest bit strange in Melbourne's inner suburbs to see sulphur-crested cockatoos and galahs.’
    • ‘I mean they have problems with galahs and cockatoos so this sort of balances that.’
  • 2Australian informal A stupid person.

    • ‘But this particular road in central New South Wales is the home of the nation's slowest galahs.’
    • ‘The music industry event Don't Give Up Your Day Job - where music media and record company types make complete galahs of themselves in the name of charity (Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund For Children) - is back.’
    • ‘Australia desperately needs a legal system that tries to stop armed robbery and other violent crimes and we'll never get it if the victims are always penalised by some galah with a wig on his head.’
    • ‘The Greenies are galahs too.’
    • ‘One of the supporters of keeping Lismore Lake for birds was out collecting signatures for a petition when she swears, a member of the public came up and said ‘You'll keep the birds on the lake if you get rid of the galahs on the Council.’’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Phrases

  • make a galah of oneself

    • informal Behave in an incompetent or inappropriate way that makes one appear foolish.

      ‘I'm always making a galah of myself’
      • ‘You're not making a galah of me, are you?’
      • ‘Members are aware how difficult it is for anyone to rise in his place here and make a speech without a fair amount of preparation, that is, unless he is going to make a galah of himself.’
      • ‘He made a complete galah of himself whenever he appeared in public with his striped trousers, tails and top hat.’
      • ‘Music media and record company types make complete galahs of themselves in the name of charity.’
      • ‘I'd made a complete galah of myself, but not in front of 1.5 million people.’
  • (as) mad as a gum tree full of galahs

    • informal (of a person) completely mad or irrational; crazy.

      ‘you're as mad as a gum tree full of galahs, sliding down that hill!’
      • ‘I reckon we all pretty much agree that Chris is as mad as a gum tree full of galahs but we need the people like Chris of this world.’
      • ‘When they find out who hasn't turned up to play, they'll be as mad as a gum tree full of galahs.’
      • ‘"Mad as a gum tree full of galahs," he stormed. "Why don't they pay cash?!"’
      • ‘"She's as mad as a gum tree full of galahs," he wrote of Mandy.’
      • ‘You're as mad as a gum tree full of galahs. Good luck and try and enjoy it.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Yuwaalaraay (an Aboriginal language of New South Wales).

Pronunciation

galah

/ɡəˈlɑː/