See also: round about
round + about [from early 20th c.]
roundabout (comparative more roundabout, superlative most roundabout)
- Indirect, circuitous, or circumlocutionary.
- 1896, Robert Barr, “chapter9”, in From Whose Bourne:
- [S]he fled, running like a deer, doubling and turning through alleys and back streets until by a very roundabout road she reached her own room.
- 1920 March – 1921 February, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter 17, in Indiscretions of Archie, New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, publishers […], published 1921, →OCLC:
- "Really, Bill, I think your best plan would be to go straight to father and tell him the whole thing.—You don't want him to hear about it in a roundabout way."
- 2001 December 3, Jim Rutenberg, “Rather Reports Another War”, in New York Times, retrieved 3 April 2014:
- Mr. Rather flew to the area in a roundabout fashion, first landing in Bahrain, from there flying to Islamabad and then heading to Kabul by land.
- Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Eliz[abeth] Holt, for Thomas Basset, […], →OCLC:
- The third sort is of those who readily and sincerely follow reason, but for want of having that which one may call a large, sound, roundabout sense, have not a full view of all that relates to the question.
circuitous — See also translations at indirect, circuitous, circumlocutionary
comprehensive — See also translations at comprehensive
roundabout (plural roundabouts)
- (chiefly UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, Australia and sometimes US) A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island.
- (chiefly Britain) A horizontal wheel which rotates around a central axis when pushed and on which children ride, often found in parks as a children's play apparatus.
- A fairground carousel.
- A detour.
- A short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
- (archaic) A round dance.
- In North America, the use of roundabout varies by region. In some places traffic circle and rotary are more common.
- (road junction): traffic circle (US, Canada), rotary (New England (US)), rotunda (Philippines), island (West Midlands (UK))
- (fairground ride): merry-go-round
- (road junction): pork chop island
road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
children's play apparatus which rotates around a central axis when pushed
roundabout (third-person singular simple present roundabouts, present participle roundabouting, simple past and past participle roundabouted)
- To play on a roundabout (carousel)
- To travel round roundabouts
- To talk in a roundabout, indirect manner