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roundabout

adjective round·about \ ˈrau̇n-də-ˌbau̇t \
Updated on: 18 Feb 2018

Definition of roundabout

: circuitous, indirect
  • had to take a roundabout route

roundaboutness

noun

Examples of roundabout in a Sentence

  1. He took a roundabout route to town.

  2. In a roundabout way, he told me that my help was not wanted.

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First Known Use of roundabout

1608


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roundabout

noun

Definition of roundabout

1 : a circuitous route : detour
2 British : merry-go-round
3 : a short close-fitting jacket worn by men and boys especially in the 19th century
4 British : rotary 2

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First Known Use of roundabout

circa 1734



ROUNDABOUT Defined for English Language Learners

roundabout

adjective

Definition of roundabout for English Language Learners

  • : not direct

  • : not simple, clear, or plain : long and confusing


ROUNDABOUT Defined for Kids

roundabout

adjective round·about \ ˈrau̇n-də-ˌbau̇t \

Definition of roundabout for Students

: not direct
  • I took a roundabout route to get here.


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