Definition of rouseabout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraʊzəbaʊt/


Australian /NZ
An unskilled labourer or odd jobber on a farm, especially in a shearing shed.
Example sentences
  • They were local youth without permanent employment, who rotate from local casual jobs, rouseabouts, working in supermarket, pub.
  • He was probably about 12-14 years old, and presumably acted as horse-tailer and as general rouseabout while in camp.


Mid 19th century: originally dialect in the sense 'rough bustling person', from the verb rouse.

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