[ wawk-uh-bout ]
/ ˈwɔk əˌbaʊt /
- a walking tour.
- 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.
- a brief, informal leave from work, taken by an Aborigine to wander the bush, visit relatives, or return to native life.
- absence from work.
Origin of walkabout
First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase walk about
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Examples from the Web for walkabout
Spectator Joanne Baldwin, 30, spoke to the Duchess during the walkabout.
Next came a walkabout, with one little girl very hesitant to give up her flowers to Camilla.
British Dictionary definitions for walkabout
/ (ˈwɔːkəˌbaʊt) /
a periodic nomadic excursion into the Australian bush made by a native Australian
a walking tour
an occasion when celebrities, royalty, etc, walk among and meet the public
go walkabout Australian
- to wander through the bush
- informal to be lost or misplaced
- informal to lose one's concentration
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Word Origin and History for walkabout
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