[ gad-uh-bout ]
See synonyms for gadabout on
  1. a person who moves about restlessly or aimlessly, especially from one social activity to another.

  2. a person who travels often or to many different places, especially for pleasure.

Origin of gadabout

First recorded in 1810–20; noun use of verb phrase gad about

Words Nearby gadabout Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gadabout in a sentence

  • As the lake boat swung around to resume its course, the gadabout, one hundred feet or more astern, followed.

  • Without expressing the thought in his mind each boy was keeping a sharp outlook over the waters for the swift little gadabout.

  • All the world thinks that I'm a gadabout, an idler, with no interest in existence, except the pleasure I can extract.

    The Angel of Terror | Edgar Wallace
  • May I take you to your destination here in my little gadabout?

    The Reclaimers | Margaret Hill McCarter
  • It's the little gray gadabout we come up from the station in the other evening.

    The Reclaimers | Margaret Hill McCarter

British Dictionary definitions for gadabout


/ (ˈɡædəˌbaʊt) /

  1. informal a person who restlessly seeks amusement

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012