Definition of galah in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəˈlɑː/


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.



make a galah of oneself

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
  • Music media and record company types make complete galahs of themselves in the name of charity.
  • 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.

(as) mad as a gum tree full of galahs

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
  • When they find out who hasn't turned up to play, they'll be as mad as a gum tree full of galahs.
  • "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.


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

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