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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
1875-1880
1875-80; noun, adj. use of verb phrase knock about
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  • Nevertheless, this knockabout style of comedy led to accusations of child abuse.
British Dictionary definitions for knockabout

knock about

verb
1.
(intransitive, adverb) to wander about aimlessly
2.
(intransitive, preposition) to travel about, esp as resulting in varied or exotic experience: he's knocked about the world a bit
3.
(intransitive, adverb) foll by with. to associate: to knock about with a gang
4.
(transitive, adverb) to treat brutally: he knocks his wife about
5.
(transitive, adverb) to consider or discuss informally: to knock an idea about
noun
6.
a sailing vessel, usually sloop-rigged, without a bowsprit and with a single jib
adjective
7.
rough; boisterous: knockabout farce
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Slang definitions & phrases for knockabout

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+)

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