[ wawk-uh-bout ]
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  1. Chiefly British.

    • 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.

  2. Australian.

    • a brief, informal leave from work, taken by an Aboriginal person 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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How to use walkabout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for walkabout


/ (ˈwɔːkəˌbaʊt) /

  1. a periodic nomadic excursion into the Australian bush made by a native Australian

  2. a walking tour

  1. an occasion when celebrities, royalty, etc, walk among and meet the public

  2. go walkabout Australian

    • to wander through the bush

    • informal to be lost or misplaced

    • informal to lose one's concentration

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