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Friday, September 04, 2009

Definitions for gadabout

  1. Someone who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.

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Citations for gadabout
In his unorthodox and callow way, he frequently upset and annoyed his countrymen, but they continued to vote for him, perhaps taking a vicarious pleasure in being led by such a world-famous gadabout. , Times (London)
She hugged him fiercely. "Oh, I love you, Jake Grafton, you worthless gadabout fly-boy, you fool that sails away and leaves me." Jack Anderson, Control
Origin of gadabout
1810-1820
Gadabout is formed from the verb gad, "to rove or go about without purpose or restlessly" (from Middle English gadden, "to hurry") + about.