Definition of roundabout :
1. A dance performed in a circle.
2. A horizontal wheel or frame, commonly with wooden horses, etc., on which children ride; a merry- go- round.
3. A short, close jacket worn by boys, sailors, etc.
4. A state or scene of constant change, or of recurring labor and vicissitude.
5. Circuitous; going round; indirect; as, roundabout speech.
6. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.
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roundabout (part of speech: noun)
- In a roundabout way. - "The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island", Roger Thompson Finlay.
- The lad knew he must take a roundabout way to the village so that he might avoid Indian runners or scouts, and he hoped this stream would prove to be the one he had once camped upon. - "The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley", Zane Grey.
- Now it is not reasonable, as we are allies, that our merchants should be obliged to send their cloths roundabout, not being allowed either to sell them in the United Provinces or to pass them through your territories. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.