a small, light automobile or other vehicle, usually with an open top; roadster.
a small pleasure motorboat.
a person who roves around from place to place or group to group.
Origin of runabout
First recorded in 1540–50; noun use of verb phrase run about
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Examples from the Web for runabout
Historical Examples of runabout
I'll meet you in the runabout and we can go out to the Beach Inn for dinner.
Harry and his drag have taken the place of Dan and his runabout.
Merrick had descended from the runabout and gone out of the cave.
And then he and his brothers wheeled it to one side, so the runabout could pass.
Roger drove his chum down to the railroad station in the runabout.
British Dictionary definitions for runabout
a small car, esp one for use in a town
a light aircraft
a light motorboat
a person who moves about constantly or busily
verb run about
(intr, adverb) to move busily from place to place
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Word Origin and History for runabout
1540s, in reference to persons, from run (v.) + about (adv.). From 1890 as a small, light type of carriage; later extended to motor cars.
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