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.

Origin of gadabout

First recorded in 1810–20; noun use of verb phrase gad about Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gadabout

rover, gallivanter

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British Dictionary definitions for gadabout



informal a person who restlessly seeks amusement
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Word Origin and History for gadabout

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

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