- Chiefly British.
- a walking tour.
- an informal public stroll taken by members of the royal family or by a political figure for the purpose of greeting and being seen by the public.
- a brief, informal leave from work, taken by an Aborigine to wander the bush, visit relatives, or return to native life.
- absence from work.
Origin of walkabout
First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase walk about
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Examples from the Web for walkabout
- a periodic nomadic excursion into the Australian bush made by a native Australian
- a walking tour
- an occasion when celebrities, royalty, etc, walk among and meet the public
- go walkabout Australian
- to wander through the bush
- informalto be lost or misplaced
- informalto lose one's concentration
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Word Origin and History for walkabout
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