walkabout

noun walk·about \ ˈwȯ-kə-ˌbau̇t \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

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

  1. Many people gathered to meet the Queen during her walkabout.

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First Known Use of walkabout

1897

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WALKABOUT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of walkabout for English Language Learners

  • : an occasion in which an Australian Aborigine goes on a long walking journey on land that is far from towns and cities

  • : an occasion in which a well-known person walks through a public place to meet and talk informally to people


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