1

roundabout

adjective round·about \ ˈrau̇n-də-ˌbau̇t \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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.

Recent Examples of roundabout from the Web

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

First Known Use of roundabout

1608


2

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

Recent Examples of roundabout from the Web

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

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.


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

sticky or viscid

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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!