roundabout

[ adjective round-uh-bout, round-uh-bout; noun round-uh-bout ]
/ adjective ˌraʊnd əˈbaʊt, ˈraʊnd əˌbaʊt; noun ˈraʊnd əˌbaʊt /

adjective

circuitous or indirect, as a road, journey, method, statement or person.
(of clothing) cut circularly at the bottom; having no tails, train, or the like.

noun

a short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
British. a merry-go-round.
a circuitous or indirect road, method, etc.
Chiefly British. traffic circle.

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Origin of roundabout

1525–35; round1 (adv.) + about
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British Dictionary definitions for roundabout

roundabout
/ (ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt) /

noun

British a revolving circular platform provided with wooden animals, seats, etc, on which people ride for amusement; merry-go-round
a road junction in which traffic streams circulate around a central islandUS and Canadian name: traffic circle
an informal name for boring mill

adjective

indirect or circuitous; devious

adverb, preposition round about

on all sidesspectators standing round about
approximatelyat round about 5 o'clock
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