run·​about ˈrə-nə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce runabout (audio)
: one who wanders about : stray
: a light usually open wagon, car, or motorboat

Examples of runabout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To top it off, the runabout has an ultra-cool digital helm with a touchscreen dashboard that mirrors the analog dials on Riva’s classic models. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Jan. 2024 The runabout is powered by a Yanmar engine that can churn out 370 horses for smooth and speedy cruising. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 11 Dec. 2023 To top it off, a side-loading tender bay can store a 20-foot runabout. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2023 Its boats may look like the wooden runabouts that slide happily across Lakes Tahoe and Como, but this is a far different beast. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 30 Oct. 2023 The runabout is equipped with a new aerodynamic hardtop with a full glass windshield that protects the captain and passengers from the elements. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 Oct. 2023 The first model, known as the Gladius Gullwing Limousine, aims to combine the charm of a Venetian gentleman’s tender with the tech of modern runabouts. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2023 Speaking of toys, the full-beam garage can accommodate a large tender, a U-Boat Worx NEMO submarine, and other small runabouts. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Sep. 2023 The concept for the Getaway was a small, efficient runabout, ideal for busy Los Angeles traffic. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 30 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of runabout was in 1549

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“Runabout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


run·​about ˈrən-ə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce runabout (audio)
: a small motorboat used especially for pleasure

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