roundabout

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adjective

round·​about ˈrau̇n-də-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce roundabout (audio)
: circuitous, indirect
had to take a roundabout route
roundaboutness noun

roundabout

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noun

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: a circuitous route : detour
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British : merry-go-round
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: a short close-fitting jacket worn by men and boys especially in the 19th century
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Examples of roundabout in a Sentence

Adjective He took a roundabout route to town. In a roundabout way, he told me that my help was not wanted.
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Adjective
On the Fishers-Noblesville border, the Hamilton County Highway Department is building a roundabout and overpass intersection at 146th Street and Allisonville Road. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 1 May 2024 The failure of Terraform’s tokens contributed to the collapse of hedge fund Three Arrows Capital in June, followed by crypto lenders Voyager Digital, then BlockFi, then Genesis—and, in a roundabout way, FTX too. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 5 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for roundabout 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1608, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roundabout was in 1608

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“Roundabout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roundabout. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

roundabout

adjective
round·​about
ˈrau̇n-də-ˌbau̇t
: not direct
went a roundabout way

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