Definition of galoot in English:



Scottish, North American
  • A clumsy or stupid person (often as a term of abuse).

    • ‘They are big, goofy galoots, the archetypal jocks of the domestic animal universe.’
    • ‘These galoots plainly have not got a blind clue about what they are doing.’
    • ‘As the hero of Gregory's Girl, the big galoot chased the elusive butterfly of love across the ash football pitches and grassy knolls of Cumbernauld.’
    • ‘One wonders if these galoots ever read history.’
    • ‘She is distrustful of the men on the ship, calling them ‘a ludicrous parcel of galloping galoots.’’
    • ‘Being the big friendly galoot that I am (provided I'm not having a Grumpy Day), I generally nod and smile conspiratorially.’
    • ‘He'll have to keep close tabs on him, a shifty sort who gets lost behind the big galoots up front.’
    • ‘A gype, a glaik and a galoot were all commonly hurled jibes in our house, a home filled with tomfoolery and japes well beyond the time when we should all have grown up and known better.’
    • ‘I get the sense that in real life he is closer to the big galoot than any kind of sensitive modern man.’
    • ‘He's a walking compendium of great television and these galoots haven't a hope of squeezing into the margins of the appendix.’
    • ‘Without even knowing what the guard held in his hand, all the galoots who had pushed their way forward exclaimed, ‘It's for the Kid, I saw him throw it to the Kid.’’
    • ‘Just as soon as a fellow would drop a book some other galoot would grab it.’
    • ‘Right now the crazy programing galoots running the Toronto-based Drive-In Classics are loading the airwaves with 17 of his lurid (in a good sense) celluloid epics, but here in Calgary you'll have to seek them out on VHS and DVD.’
    • ‘There he stood, nine years of age, blinking up indulgently at his galoot of a father speaking at him in tongues.’
    • ‘An ingenious circus promoter named P.T. Barnum found a way to make people laugh and make pots of moolah from the likes of a great gallumping galoot named ‘Jumbo’.’
    • ‘People at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum are all the same according to these galoots!’
    • ‘However, the stellar moment of the evening was when the big galoot stood waving his arms as if to conduct a crescendo out of the band's final fermata, just stretching that devil's grin of his.’
    • ‘He was a big clumsy galoot in how he delivered his theory, but you don't have to look that far to see what set him upon his soapbox.’
    • ‘By extension, galoots are often interested in old methods of achieving wood or metal work.’
    • ‘Another couple of years of his acting the galoot might be too much but, unlike most of his contemporaries, you get the feeling that if it all stopped in the morning he'd quite happily do something else.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Early 19th century (originally in nautical use meaning ‘an inexperienced marine’): of unknown origin.