Definition of gallus in English:

gallus

(also gallous)

adjective

Scottish
  • Bold, cheeky, or flashy.

    • ‘The gallus radio figure with his seemingly off-the-cuff put downs is in fact an intelligent and pleasantly modest fellow who researches his material meticulously.’
    • ‘A language has to be more than a few gallus Scotticisms scattered over standard English as a kind of local seasoning.’
    • ‘This leads the gallus Glaswegian to look up an old flame, an expert in ley lines and mysticism who sets him on a trail of ancient burial routes that leads him deep beneath the ancient foundations of a Glasgow church.’
    • ‘Both have powerful female lead singers who are ‘totally gallous!’’
    • ‘The tour finishes on Saturday 10th April in Kerry, scene of the gallous deed, after performances at Dun Chaoin and Tralee.’
    badly behaved, disobedient, bad, misbehaved, misbehaving, wayward, defiant, unruly, insubordinate, wilful, self-willed, delinquent, undisciplined, unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unbiddable, disorderly, disruptive, mutinous, fractious, refractory, recalcitrant, errant, wild, wicked, obstreperous, difficult, troublesome, awkward, contrary, perverse, attention-seeking, exasperating, incorrigible
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fit to be hanged’): variant of gallows used attributively.

Pronunciation

gallus

/ˈɡaləs/