American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Boisterous; rowdy.
- adj. Appropriate for rough wear or use: a knockabout overcoat.
- n. A small sloop with a mainsail, jib, and keel but no bowsprit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting something which knocks (other things) about; rough; buffeting; boisterous: as, a knockabout game of foot-ball.
- Accustomed to knock about or to be knocked about: as, a knockabout globe-trotter; suitable to be knocked about in: as, a knockabout coat.
- Noisy; full of horse-play: as, a knockabout entertainment; knockabout business.
- In Australia, applied to a jack of all trades on a station.
- n. A traveler; one who has knocked about.
- n. A performer in a knockabout playorsketch;the sketch itself.
- n. In Australia, a hand on a station who does a little of everything.
- n. A small sailing-yacht of light construction and simple sail rig, the latter consisting of a mainsail and a jib bent on a stay that is set up on the stem of the boat. These boats, as a rule, are flat-bottomed, with a fin-keel, and can be handled very quickly, going from one tack to another without apparently losing speed. Some knockabouts are provided with a center-board instead of a fin, for use in shallow waters.
- n. A small launch.
- adj. Boisterous
- adj. Suitable for rough use.
- n. sailing A small sailboat lacking a bowsprit, of a type found primarily in the Massachusetts area
- n. entertainment A slapstick comedy or comedian.
- n. A tumbler.
- n. Clothing suitable for rough use.
- n. Workers habitually engaged in casual employment.
- n. People living in rough, violent conditions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A small yacht, generally from fifteen to twenty-five feet in length, having a mainsail and a jib; a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit. 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
- n. Theat. Slang A knockabout performer or performance.
- n. Colloq., Australia A man hired on a sheep station to do odd jobs.
- adj. Marked by knocking about or roughness.
- adj. Theat. Slang Of noisy and violent character; marked by farce, pratfalls, and horseplay.
- adj. Characterized by, or suitable for, knocking about, or traveling or wandering hither and thither; suitable for use in rough activity; suited for everyday use; -- used especially of clothing.
- adj. Collog., Australia That does odd jobs; -- said of a class of hands or laborers on a sheep station.
- v. be around; be alive or active
- v. strike against forcefully
- adj. full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
- n. a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit
- adj. suitable for rough use
- knock + about (Wiktionary)
“Sir Alex Ferguson's side a real end of term knockabout feel and even less incentive for the neutral to tune in tonight.”
“The vaudeville act of "The Fighting Keatons" concentrated almost completely on the category known as knockabout farce.”
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“For those of us brought up on the "he'll be disappointed with that" school of punditry beloved of former footballers, this kind of knockabout stuff is almost worth getting up – or staying up – for.”
“But, largely as a result of some ill-considered comments by Rhodri Morgan about climate change the day before, the debate degenerated into 'knockabout'.”
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“I recently saw the coming attraction for the new “Transformers” flick, and in viewing its wall-to-wall knockabout I began to wonder where movie special effects actually began.”
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