Definition of knockabout:
- A knockabout performer or performance.
- A man hired on a sheep station to do odd jobs.
- A small yacht, generally from fifteen to twenty- five feet in length, having a mainsail and a jib. All knockabouts have ballast and either a keel or centerboard. The original type was twenty- one feet in length. The next larger type is called a raceabout.
- Characterized by, or suitable for, knocking about, or traveling or wandering hither and thither.
- Marked by knocking about or roughness.
- Of noisy and violent character.
- That does odd jobs; - said of a class of hands or laborers on a sheep station.
These two Troupers began their Professional Career with a Road Circus, working on Canvas in the Morning, and then doing a Refined Knockabout in the Grand Concert or Afterpiece taking place in the Main Arena immediately after the big Show is over.- "Fables in Slang", George Ade.
- "The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush", Francis Lynde.
- "The Seiners", James B. (James Brendan) Connolly.