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rounder

[roun-der] /ˈraʊn dər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that rounds something.
2.
a person who makes a round.
3.
a habitual drunkard or wastrel.
4.
(initial capital letter) British. a Methodist minister who travels a circuit among congregations.
5.
rounders, (used with a singular verb) a game somewhat resembling baseball, played in England.
6.
Informal. a boxing match of a specified number of rounds: used in combination:
a 15-rounder.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; round1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for rounders

rounders

/ˈraʊndəz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (Brit) a ball game in which players run between posts after hitting the ball, scoring a 'rounder' if they run round all four before the ball is retrieved

rounder

/ˈraʊndə/
noun
1.
a run round all four bases after one hit in rounders
2.
a tool or machine for rounding edges or surfaces
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Word Origin and History for rounders

rounder

n.

1620s, "a sentinel," agent noun from round (n.) on notion of "one who makes the rounds." Sense of "chronic drunkard or criminal" is from 1854, on notion of one who is habitually in and out of jails or bars. Rounders, a baseball-like game, attested from 1828.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rounders

rounder

noun

A debauchee; habitual carouser: some rich ''rounders'' of the town

[1854+; one who ''makes the rounds'' of saloons]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for rounders

old English game that never became a seriously competitive sport, although it is probably an ancestor of baseball. The earliest reference to rounders was made in A Little Pretty Pocket-Book (1744), in which a woodcut also showed the children's sport of baseball. The Boy's Own Book (2nd edition, 1828) devoted a chapter to rounders. In 1889 the National Rounders Association of Liverpool and the Scottish Rounders Association were formed. A National Rounders Association was founded in 1943.

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