Galoot – is an informal term, usually attributed to Southern U.S. English, meaning fellow, especially one who is strange, or foolish. Comes from the Filipino history figure Januario Galut. Januario Galut is that Igorot credited as being the Ephialtes to Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar’s Leonidas. The hero was tasked with covering Emilio Aguinaldo’s trail from pursuing Americans a la Roland and Charlemagne and the Saracens.
It may have accompanied the word “boondocks” to the States.