all-around·​er ¦ȯl-ə-¦rau̇n-dər How to pronounce all-arounder (audio)
plural all-arounders
: one having many skills or uses
This eye catching jacket shouldn't be left at home just because you're not skiing. It's a great all-arounder in the fall and spring, too.Lands' End (Catalog), 1979
especially : a versatile athlete who can perform well in different roles and is not a specialist in one particular aspect of a sport
There were three key opponents we had to mark. Abrahama Olano, a tough all-arounder from Spain, was in second place overall, about six minutes behind Lance. John Bruyneel with Bill Strickland, We Might as Well Win, 2008
… sluggers like Sammy … are no more valuable than all-arounders like Bobby Abreu … Scott Berry, ESPN, 17 Apr. 2000
an all-arounder in gymnastics [=a gymnast who competes in all-around competitions]

Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of all-arounder was in 1902

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“All-arounder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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