around

[uh-round]

adverb

preposition


Idioms

    been around, having had much worldly experience: He's been around and isn't likely to be taken in.

Origin of around

1250–1300; Middle English around(e). See a-1, round1
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Examples from the Web for around

Contemporary Examples of around

Historical Examples of around

  • "Thought it might be some of you folks when I saw the car," said Higbee, shaking hands all around.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He led her, unresisting, around to the couch at the other side of the table.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • There was good feed all around, but we could not, from the darkness, find any water.

  • We strive for peace and security, heartened by the changes all around us.

  • Beneath were the illustrious dead; around were the illustrious living.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook


British Dictionary definitions for around

around

preposition

situated at various points ina lot of shelves around the house
from place to place indriving around Ireland
somewhere in or nearto stay around the house
approximately init happened around 1957, I think

adverb

surrounding, encircling, or enclosinga band around her head
in all directions from a point of referencehe owns the land for ten miles around
in the vicinity, esp restlessly but idlyto wait around; stand around
here and there; in no particular place or directiondotted around
informal (of people) active and prominent in a particular area or professionsome pop stars are around for only a few years
informal present in some place (the exact location being inexact)he's around here somewhere
informal in circulation; availablethat type of phone has been around for some years now
informal to many places, so as to have gained considerable experience, often of a worldly or social naturehe gets around; I've been around

Word Origin for around

C17 (rare earlier): from a- ² + round

usage

In American English, around is usually used instead of round in adverbial and prepositional senses, except in a few fixed phrases such as all year round. The use of around in adverbial senses is less common in British English
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Word Origin and History for around
adv.

c.1300, "in circumference," from phrase on round. Rare before 1600. In sense of "here and there with no fixed direction" it is 1776, American English (properly about). Of time, from 1888. To have been around "gained worldly experience" is from 1927, U.S. colloquial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with around

around

In addition to the idioms beginning with around

  • around the bend
  • around the corner

also see:

  • beat about (around) the bush
  • been around
  • boss someone around
  • bring around
  • cast about (around)
  • come around
  • enough to go around
  • every time one turns around
  • fool around
  • fuck around
  • full circle (what goes around comes around)
  • get around
  • get around to
  • go around in circles
  • hang around
  • horse around
  • kick around
  • kid around
  • knock about (around)
  • know one's way around
  • mess around
  • nose about (around)
  • pal around with
  • play around
  • poke around
  • push around
  • rally around
  • roll around
  • run around in circles
  • run around like a chicken
  • run around with
  • run rings around
  • screw around
  • scrounge around
  • shop around
  • sleep around
  • stick around
  • talk around
  • tear around
  • throw one's weight around
  • turn around
  • twist around one's finger
  • up and about (around)

Also see underround.

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