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  1. Nautical. any of various fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessels having a single jib bent to a stay from the stemhead, no bowsprit being used: usually rigged as a sloop.
  2. something designed or suitable for rough or casual use, as a sturdy jacket, a secondhand car, etc.
  3. a slapstick comedian or comedy.
  4. Australian. an itinerant farm hand or ranch hand; an itinerant handyman.
  5. British Archaic. wanderer.
  1. suitable for rough use, as a garment: a knockabout jacket and jeans.
  2. characterized by knocking about; rough; boisterous.
  3. slapstick: knockabout comedy.
  4. shiftless; aimless: a knockabout kind of person.

Origin of knockabout

First recorded in 1875–80; noun, adj. use of verb phrase knock about Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of knockabout

  • She kept the jeans on for her knockabout, but changed her heels for sneakers and slipped into a grey team GB fleece.

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    Jolly Hockey Sticks, Kate!

    Tom Sykes

    March 15, 2012

Historical Examples of knockabout