Definitions for knockaboutˈnɒk əˌbaʊt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

knock•a•boutˈnɒk əˌbaʊt(n.)

  1. a small fore-and-aft–rigged sailboat with a mainsail and a jib but no bowsprit.

    Category: Navy

  2. something designed or suitable for rough or casual use, as a sturdy jacket or old car.

  3. (adj.)suitable for rough use, as a garment.

  4. rough; boisterous.

  5. slapstick:

    knockabout comedy.

    Category: Showbiz

  6. shiftless; aimless.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. knockabout(adj)

    a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit

  2. boisterous, knockabout(adj)

    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits

    "boisterous practical jokes"; "knockabout comedy"

  3. knockabout(adj)

    suitable for rough use

    "a knockabout overcoat"; "a knockabout old car"


  1. knockabout(Noun)

    A small sailboat lacking a bowsprit, of a type found primarily in the Massachusetts area

    We sailed our knockabout around Cape Cod.

  2. knockabout(Noun)

    A slapstick comedy or comedian.

  3. knockabout(Noun)

    A tumbler.

  4. knockabout(Noun)

    Clothing suitable for rough use.

  5. knockabout(Noun)

    Workers habitually engaged in casual employment.

  6. knockabout(Noun)

    People living in rough, violent conditions.

  7. knockabout(Adjective)


  8. knockabout(Adjective)

    Suitable for rough use.

    I have a knockabout cello for non-concert gigs.


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