gadabout

[ gad-uh-bout ]
/ ˈgæd əˌbaʊt /

noun

a person who moves about restlessly or aimlessly, especially from one social activity to another.
a person who travels often or to many different places, especially for pleasure.

Nearby words

  1. gabrilowitsch, ossip,
  2. gabun,
  3. gaby,
  4. gabès,
  5. gad,
  6. gadarene,
  7. gaddafi,
  8. gaddi,
  9. gadfly,
  10. gadget

Origin of gadabout

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gadabout


British Dictionary definitions for gadabout

gadabout

/ (ˈɡædəˌbaʊt) /

noun

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

Word Origin and History for gadabout

gadabout

n.

1837, from earlier noun phrase gadder about (1560s); see gad (v.) + about (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper