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galah Line breaks: galah
Pronunciation: /ɡəˈlɑː/

Definition of galah in English:

noun

1A small Australian cockatoo with a grey back and rosy pink head and underparts.
  • Eulophus roseicapillus, family Cacatuidae (or Psittacidae)
Example sentences
  • You can attract birds like eastern rosellas, king parrots, galahs and lorikeets to your garden.
  • 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.
  • I mean they have problems with galahs and cockatoos so this sort of balances that.
2Australian informal A stupid person.
Example sentences
  • 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.’
  • 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.
  • The Greenies are galahs too.

Phrases

make a galah of oneself

1
Australian informal Behave in an incompetent or inappropriate way that makes one appear foolish: I’m always making a galah of myself
More example sentences
  • He made a complete galah of himself whenever he appeared in public with his striped trousers, tails and top hat.
  • I'd made a complete galah of myself, but not in front of 1.5 million people.
  • 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.

(as) mad as a gum tree full of galahs

2
Australian informal (Of a person) completely mad or irrational; crazy: you’re as mad as a gum tree full of galahs, sliding down that hill!
More example sentences
  • "Mad as a gum tree full of galahs," he stormed. "Why don't they pay cash?!"
  • 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.
  • 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).

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