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roundabout

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adjective round·about \ˈrau̇n-də-ˌbau̇t\

Definition of roundabout

  1. :  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.

1608

First Known Use of roundabout

1608


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roundabout

noun round·about

Definition of roundabout

  1. 1 :  a circuitous route :  detour

  2. 2 British :  merry-go-round

  3. 3 :  a short close-fitting jacket worn by men and boys especially in the 19th century

  4. 4 British :  rotary 2

Circa 1734

First Known Use of roundabout

circa 1734



ROUNDABOUT Defined for English Language Learners

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roundabout

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adjective round·about \ˈrau̇n-də-ˌbau̇t\

Definition of roundabout for English Language Learners

  • : not direct

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


ROUNDABOUT Defined for Kids

roundabout

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adjective round·about \ˈrau̇n-də-ˌbau̇t\

Definition of roundabout for Students

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



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