knockabout

adjective
knock·​about | \ ˈnäk-ə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce knockabout (audio) \

Definition of knockabout

1 : suitable for rough use knockabout clothing
2a : being noisy and rough : boisterous knockabout games
b : characterized by boisterous antics and often extravagant burlesque knockabout comedy
3 of a sailing vessel : having a simplified rig marked by absence of bowsprit and topmast a knockabout sloop

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from knockabout

knockabout noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for knockabout

Synonyms

boisterous, hell-raising, rambunctious, raucous, robustious, roisterous, rollicking, rowdy, rumbustious [chiefly British]

Antonyms

orderly

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of knockabout in a Sentence

He lived a knockabout life in the city. a knockabout game of football in the mud

Recent Examples on the Web

Though thematically vague, thinly plotted and without a reliably sympathetic soul to cling to, the movie has a mutinous energy and an absurd, knockabout charm; even its violence is more quirky than brutal. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In 'Trespass Against Us,' a Thieving Clan and a Yearning to Escape," 19 Jan. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'knockabout.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of knockabout

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about knockabout

Dictionary Entries near knockabout

knobweed

knobwood

knock

knockabout

knock around

knockaway

knock back

Statistics for knockabout

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for knockabout

The first known use of knockabout was in 1880

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for knockabout

knockabout

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of knockabout

: noisy or rough often in a silly or amusing way

More from Merriam-Webster on knockabout

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with knockabout

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for knockabout

Comments on knockabout

What made you want to look up knockabout? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

formidable, illustrious, or eminent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!