Definition of gallus in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləs/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also gallous)


chiefly Scottish
Bold, cheeky, or flashy.
Example sentences
  • This leads the gallus Glaswegian to look up an old flame, an expert in ley lines and mysticism who sets him on a trail of ancient burial routes that leads him deep beneath the ancient foundations of a Glasgow church.
  • The gallus radio figure with his seemingly off-the-cuff put downs is in fact an intelligent and pleasantly modest fellow who researches his material meticulously.
  • A language has to be more than a few gallus Scotticisms scattered over standard English as a kind of local seasoning.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'fit to be hanged'): variant of gallows used attributively.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: gal¦lus

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.