nounNorth American & Scottish informal
A clumsy or stupid person (often as a term of abuse).
More example sentences
- He's a walking compendium of great television and these galoots haven't a hope of squeezing into the margins of the appendix.
- 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.
- 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.
early 19th century (originally in nautical use meaning 'an inexperienced marine'): of unknown origin.