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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [gad-uh-bout]
    • /ˈgæd əˌbaʊt/
    • /ˈɡæd.ə.baʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [gad-uh-bout]
    • /ˈgæd əˌbaʊt/

Definitions of gadabout word

  • noun gadabout a person who moves about restlessly or aimlessly, especially from one social activity to another. 1
  • noun gadabout a person who travels often or to many different places, especially for pleasure. 1
  • noun gadabout A habitual pleasure-seeker. 1
  • noun gadabout pleasure-seeker, socialite 1
  • noun gadabout a person who restlessly seeks amusement 0
  • noun gadabout a person who gads about; restless seeker after fun 0

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Origin of gadabout

First appearance:

before 1810
One of the 40% newest English words
First recorded in 1810-20; noun use of verb phrase gad about

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Parts of speech for Gadabout


gadabout popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for gadabout

noun gadabout

  • rover — a familiar name for a dog.
  • gallivanter — to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
  • pleasure-seeker — someone who always wants to have pleasure
  • gadder — to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about.

adjective gadabout

  • perambulate — to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse.
  • voyaging — a course of travel or passage, especially a long journey by water to a distant place.
  • fast — moving or able to move, operate, function, or take effect quickly; quick; swift; rapid: a fast horse; a fast pain reliever; a fast thinker.
  • wayfaring — (of a person) traveling on foot.
  • globetrotting — to travel throughout the world, especially regularly or frequently.

Top questions with gadabout

  • what is a gadabout?
  • what does gadabout mean?

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