Definition of roundabout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈroundəˌbout/


1 British term for traffic circle.
2 British term for merry-go-round.
Example sentences
  • Drinkers can gaze into distorting mirrors, try out the dodgems or roundabouts or have their fortunes read.
  • The rule has been applied to water, fire, gas, electricity, chemicals, explosions, fumes, flag-poles, fairground roundabouts, and even gypsies.
3 historical A close-fitting, waist-length jacket worn by men and boys.


1Not following a short direct route; circuitous: we need to take a roundabout route to throw off any pursuit
More example sentences
  • She shook her head angrily but followed a roundabout route to Raban's shop.
  • My chief of staff selected this roundabout route to throw the news media off our trail.
  • Congestion may also be heavier on some routes into town, particularly on more direct roads, than on other routes, such as roundabout routes through neighborhood and city streets.
circuitous, indirect, meandering, serpentine, tortuous
1.1Not saying what is meant clearly and directly; circumlocutory: in a roundabout way, he was fishing for information
More example sentences
  • He does not explicate this roundabout reference to circumcision.
  • Wendy spent the next few minutes explaining what went on over the weekend in roundabout and, shall we say, not totally accurate terms.
  • It's clear that he is locked in his own world now, from his careful - and almost always roundabout - way of answering questions to the faint, humbled tone with which he speaks.
indirect, oblique, circuitous, circumlocutory, periphrastic, digressive, long-winded;

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Syllabification: round·a·bout

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