Share this entry

gallus Line breaks: gal¦lus
Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləs/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also gallous)

Definition of gallus in English:

adjective

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.

Origin

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

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources