[ roust-uh-bout ]
/ ˈraʊst əˌbaʊt /


a wharf laborer or deck hand, as on the Mississippi River.
an unskilled laborer who lives by odd jobs.
a circus laborer who helps in setting up and taking down the tents and in caring for the animals, equipment, and grounds.
any unskilled laborer working in an oil field.Compare roughneck(def 2).

Origin of roustabout

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; roust + about Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for roustabout

/ (ˈraʊstəˌbaʊt) /


an unskilled labourer on an oil rig
Australian another word for rouseabout
US and Canadian a labourer in a circus or fairground
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