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knockabout

[nok-uh-bout] /ˈnɒk əˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
Nautical. any of various fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessels having a single jib bent to a stay from the stemhead, no bowsprit being used: usually rigged as a sloop.
2.
something designed or suitable for rough or casual use, as a sturdy jacket, a secondhand car, etc.
3.
a slapstick comedian or comedy.
4.
Australian. an itinerant farm hand or ranch hand; an itinerant handyman.
5.
British Archaic. wanderer.
adjective
6.
suitable for rough use, as a garment:
a knockabout jacket and jeans.
7.
characterized by knocking about; rough; boisterous.
8.
slapstick:
knockabout comedy.
9.
shiftless; aimless:
a knockabout kind of person.
Origin of knockabout
1875-1880
1875-80; noun, adj. use of verb phrase knock about
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knockabout

adjective

  1. Casual; informal: These are my knockabout clothes (1880+)
  2. Noisy; raucous; crude: Beverly Hillbillies has knockabout humor/ in the contest of a knockabout comedy it's deeply offensive (1892+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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