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.

Also all-round.

Origin of all-around

First recorded in 1720–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for all-around

versatile, comprehensive, diverse, inclusive

Examples from the Web for all-around

Contemporary Examples of all-around

Historical Examples of all-around

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for all-around



(prenominal) the US equivalent of all-round
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