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knockabout Line breaks: knock|about
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒkəbaʊt/

Definition of knockabout in English:


1Denoting rough, slapstick comedy.
Example sentences
  • The mood can shift from knockabout comedy to taut thriller in a heartbeat, which keeps the viewer from becoming complacent: One never knows what the film is going to do next.
  • It takes something close to idiocy to think that Shaw's comedy Arms and the Man can be played as knockabout farce.
  • If this sounds like an unlikely subject for knockabout comedy, it is, but Booker prize winner DBC Pierre almost pulls it off.


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1A rough, slapstick comic performance.
Example sentences
  • Now, at one level this is all harmless political knockabout.
  • It is a fairy tale with links at various points to The Magic Flute, though there is less knockabout and more gentle humour in Henze's comedy.
  • Behind the day's knockabout lay serious politicking over both policy and personalities.
3Australian /NZ A farm or station handyman.
Example sentences
  • As the film opens, Jake Gyllenhaal's Jack and Heath Ledger's Ennis are two ordinary-enough knockabouts hired to herd sheep in Wyoming in the summer of 1963.
4North American A small yacht or dinghy.

Words that rhyme with knockabout

gadabout • roundabout

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