noun \ˈw-kə-ˌbat\

: an occasion in which an Australian Aborigine goes on a long walking journey on land that is far from towns and cities

: an occasion in which a well-known person walks through a public place to meet and talk informally to people

Full Definition of WALKABOUT

:  a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work —often used in the phrase go walkabout <the man who went walkabout was making a ritual journey — Bruce Chatwin>
:  something (as a journey) similar to a walkabout
:  a walking tour; especially British :  one in which a well-known person mingles with the public <went walkabout in the streets>

Examples of WALKABOUT

  1. Many people gathered to meet the Queen during her walkabout.

First Known Use of WALKABOUT



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