- able to do many things; versatile: an all-around player.
- broadly applicable; not specialized: an all-around education.
- inclusive; comprehensive; complete: an all-around failure.
Origin of all-around
First recorded in 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for all-around
In the film, Foxx is able to showcase his singing, knack for comedy and all-around versatility.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
It was from Daniel that Doug had learned the secrets of girls and fraternities, the rubrics of being an all-around guy.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
Like the list of bobsledders, though, Uhlaender grew up an all-around athlete.Is It Really That Easy to be an Olympic Bobsledder?
January 17, 2014
An all-around great guy, no doubt, but a far cry from the stories we tell our children today.How Santa Hurts Christmas
December 23, 2013
The 2011 pilot starred Adrianne Palicki as a revamped Wonder Woman: a crime fighter, executive, and all-around modern woman.Who Is Gal Gadot, the New Wonder Woman?
December 4, 2013
Men, like motors, should be judged on their all-around performance.The Armed Forces Officer
U. S. Department of Defense
The most wholesome type of boat for all-around cruising and racing.On Yacht Sailing
Thomas Fleming Day
All-around geniuses are rare—so rare that we can hardly find them.Successward
Edward W. Bok
A sort of an all-around sport was Larry, and a boxer of no mean ability.A Ball Player's Career
Adrian C. Anson
The system of scoring in the All-around Championship is complicated.Outdoor Sports and Games
Claude H. Miller
- (prenominal) the US equivalent of all-round
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