walk·​about | \ ˈwȯ-kə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce walkabout (audio) \

Definition of walkabout

1 : a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work often used in the phrase go walkabout the man who went walkabout was making a ritual journey— Bruce Chatwin
2 : something (such as a journey) similar to a walkabout
3 : a walking tour especially, British : one in which a well-known person mingles with the public went walkabout in the streets

Examples of walkabout in a Sentence

Many people gathered to meet the Queen during her walkabout.
Recent Examples on the Web The young players from countries as far away as Ecuador and Mauritius are now able to return home boasting they were personally encouraged — even fistbumped — by a princess during her welcoming walkabout. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, 7 May 2022 May is the Anderson Valley’s biggest wine month of the year, with Pinot Fest 2022 on the weekend of May 20-22 being held again in the Grand Tasting walkabout format with the addition of a VIP Bubble Lounge. Kim Westerman, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 During last weekend’s walkabout with Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Johnson was stopped by a Ukrainian man who thanked him on behalf of his children, and future generations of his family for Britain’s help, saying that it would never be forgotten. Ben Evansky, Fox News, 11 Apr. 2022 Here's the Duchess of Cambridge on her first-ever walkabout outside the UK. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 20 Mar. 2022 Prince Harry gives a golden retriever some love during a walkabout in Sussex. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 21 Jan. 2022 The animal was a 2-year-old from the Jackson County herd out on a walkabout, likely looking for a mate. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Nov. 2021 Imagine Carlsbad will host a Carlsbad Village walkabout and discussion at 6 p.m. Monday on Architecture Styles, Guidelines and Heights in the Village past and future. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2021 What works of literature should inform that decade-long walkabout? Vogue, 25 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of walkabout

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Walkabout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walkabout. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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