runabout

[ ruhn-uh-bout ]

noun
  1. a small, light automobile or other vehicle, usually with an open top; roadster.

  2. a small pleasure motorboat.

  1. a person who roves around from place to place or group to group.

Origin of runabout

1
First recorded in 1540–50; noun use of verb phrase run about

Words Nearby runabout

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How to use runabout in a sentence

  • Dangler watched the runabout and then gazed up and down the mountain for several minutes.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • There was one from a village called Bahan, saying a green runabout with two men had passed through there about midnight.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)

British Dictionary definitions for runabout

runabout

/ (ˈrʌnəˌbaʊt) /


noun
  1. a small car, esp one for use in a town

  2. a light aircraft

  1. a light motorboat

  2. a person who moves about constantly or busily

verbrun about
  1. (intr, adverb) to move busily from place to place

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