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roundabout

[adjective round-uh-bout, round-uh-bout; noun round-uh-bout] /adjective ˌraʊnd əˈbaʊt, ˈraʊnd əˌbaʊt; noun ˈraʊnd əˌbaʊt/
adjective
1.
circuitous or indirect, as a road, journey, method, statement or person.
2.
(of clothing) cut circularly at the bottom; having no tails, train, or the like.
noun
3.
a short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
4.
British. a merry-go-round.
5.
a circuitous or indirect road, method, etc.
6.
Chiefly British. traffic circle.
Origin of roundabout
1525-1535
1525-35; round1 (adv.) + about
Synonyms
1. meandering, twisting, rambling, tortuous.
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  • Then by a roundabout route they started on their return to the car.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • This is ingenious, but her proof, after that, is (as she candidly admits) "clumsy and roundabout."

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • But in a roundabout way I did get some news as to what happened.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • Before the night was out, however, I had gone to work in a roundabout way.

  • What need of this roundabout, mysterious mode of communicating?

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for roundabout

roundabout

/ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
(Brit) a revolving circular platform provided with wooden animals, seats, etc, on which people ride for amusement; merry-go-round
2.
a road junction in which traffic streams circulate around a central island US and Canadian name traffic circle
3.
an informal name for boring mill
adjective
4.
indirect or circuitous; devious
adverb, preposition
5.
on all sides: spectators standing round about
6.
approximately: at round about 5 o'clock
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Word Origin and History for roundabout
adv.

"by a circuitous route," mid-14c., from round (adv.) + about. As an adjective from c.1600. Noun sense of "traffic circle" is attested from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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