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runabout

[ruhn-uh-bout] /ˈrʌn əˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
a small, light automobile or other vehicle, usually with an open top; roadster.
2.
a small pleasure motorboat.
3.
a person who roves around from place to place or group to group.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; noun use of verb phrase run about
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British Dictionary definitions for runabout

runabout

/ˈrʌnəˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
a small car, esp one for use in a town
2.
a light aircraft
3.
a light motorboat
4.
a person who moves about constantly or busily
verb
5.
(intransitive, adverb) to move busily from place to place
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Word Origin and History for runabout
n.

1540s, in reference to persons, from run (v.) + about (adv.). From 1890 as a small, light type of carriage; later extended to motor cars.

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