Definition of roundabout in English:


Syllabification: round·a·bout
Pronunciation: /ˈroundəˌbout


  • 2 British term for merry-go-round.
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    • 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.


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  • 1Not following a short direct route; circuitous: we need to take a roundabout route to throw off any pursuit
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Not saying what is meant clearly and directly; circumlocutory: in a roundabout way, he was fishing for information
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    • 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.

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