noun all–around·er \¦ȯl-ə-¦rau̇n-dər\

Definition of all–arounder




  1. :  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]

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Origin and Etymology of all–arounder

1all-around + 2-er

First Known Use: 1902

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a trip made at another's expense

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