run·​about | \ ˈrə-nə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce runabout (audio) \

Definition of runabout

1 : one who wanders about : stray
2 : a light usually open wagon, car, or motorboat

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The boxy electric shuttles are based on Polaris Gems, the open runabouts that operate at some resorts and retirement communities. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "What to know about Detroit's self-driving shuttles," 26 June 2018 When the first turbocharged car debuted in 1962, it was not found underneath the clamshell hood of a featherweight European runabout, your BMW 2002 or Saab 99, but from the braintrust of General Motors, flush with cash and willing to try new tech. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "​​The Evolution of the Combustion Engine​​," 5 June 2018 Everything from runabouts, bow-riders, pontoons, deck boats, wake-board and ski boats, high-performance bass boats, luxury and aluminum fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and more will be present for perusal and/or purchase. Monroe Trombly,, "What to do in Cincy when it's freezing outside," 3 Jan. 2018 To forget 2017, Daimler’s little runabout gains a 10th Anniversary Edition to reflect on what was and what may never again be. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Little Car Blue: 2018 Smart Fortwo 10th-Anniversary Edition," 11 Jan. 2018 In 2016, the company moved 145,000 of the softly geometric runabouts, a number that decreased by 30,000 for the ’17 model year in a more dramatic decline than the industry-wide erosion of sales in the same period. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "2019 Kia Soul: The Box That Can Could Get AWD," 5 Feb. 2018 Bring the whole family to experience the world of luxury boating, with runabouts, sport fishers, cabin cruisers, catamarans, super yachts and exotic cars. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: Day of the Dead, carnivals," 1 Nov. 2017 The wooden boats competed in skiff, workboat, lugger, trawler, runabout, sailboat and cruiser classes. Ann Benoit,, "Madisonville drew the boats and crowds for annual Wooden Boat Festival," 27 Oct. 2017 Black pillars and roof give help create a lean profile in early photos, but Volvo will build 17 different body combinations and roof color, so the XC40 may be a flashy little runabout. USA TODAY, "Volvo offers details on its new compact XC40 SUV," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of runabout

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of runabout was in 1549

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English Language Learners Definition of runabout

chiefly US : a small motorboat
chiefly British : a small car

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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