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  1. Chiefly British.
    1. a walking tour.
    2. an informal public stroll taken by members of the royal family or by a political figure for the purpose of greeting and being seen by the public.
  2. Australian.
    1. a brief, informal leave from work, taken by an Aborigine to wander the bush, visit relatives, or return to native life.
    2. absence from work.

Origin of walkabout

First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase walk about
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  1. a periodic nomadic excursion into the Australian bush made by a native Australian
  2. a walking tour
  3. an occasion when celebrities, royalty, etc, walk among and meet the public
  4. go walkabout Australian
    1. to wander through the bush
    2. informalto be lost or misplaced
    3. informalto lose one's concentration
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Word Origin and History for walkabout

"periodic migration by a westernized Aboriginal into the bush," 1828, Australian English, from walk (v.) + about.

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