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

  • n. A waterproof overshoe.
  • n. Obsolete A sturdy heavy-soled boot or shoe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A waterproof overshoe used to provide protection from rain or snow.
  • n. A waterproof rubber boot, intended to be worn in wet or muddy conditions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as galoche, galoshe.
  • n. A strip of material, as leather, running around a shoe at and above the sole, as for protection or ornament.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To protect with a partial covering, edging, or the like of strong or water-proof material, as a shoe.
  • n. A kind of clog or patten worn in the middle ages as a protection against wet, and common, because of the practice of making shoes of cloth, silk, or the like, or of ornamental leather.
  • n. In present use, any overshoe; a rubber: usually in the plural.

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

  • n. a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow


Middle English galoche, wooden soled shoe, from Old French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English galoche, from Old French galoche ("shoe with a wooden sole"), but further uncertain; three main theories exist: (Wiktionary)



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