round´a|bout´ness

round´a|bout´ness
round|a|bout «ROWND uh BOWT», adjective, noun.
–adj.
1. not straight; indirect: »

a roundabout route, in a roundabout way.

SYNONYM(S): circuitous.
2. that surrounds or encircles.
3. cut round at the bottom: »

a roundabout coat or jacket.

–n.
1. an indirect way, course, or speech.
2. a short, tight jacket for men or boys: »

is close-but-toned blue cloth roundabout was new and natty (Mark Twain).

3. British. traffic circle: »

Already a roundabout has been built at the capital's one road junction (London Times).

4. Especially British. a merry-go-round: »

a steam “roundabout,” where wooden horses revolved to the blare of an organ (Eden Phillpotts).

round´a|bout´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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