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run·a·bout

 (rŭn′ə-bout′)
n.
1.
a. A small motorboat.
b. A light aircraft.
c. A small, open automobile or carriage.
2. A vagabond or wanderer.

runabout

(ˈrʌnəˌbaʊt) or

runaround

n
1. (Automotive Engineering) a small car, esp one for use in a town
2. (Aeronautics) a light aircraft
3. (Nautical Terms) a light motorboat
4. a person who moves about constantly or busily
vb
(intr, adverb) to move busily from place to place

run•a•bout

(ˈrʌn əˌbaʊt)

n.
1. a small, light automobile with an open top; roadster.
2. a small pleasure motorboat.
3. a person who roves around from place to place.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.runabout - an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seatrunabout - an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
rumble seat - a folding outside seat in the back of some early cars
Translations
runabout

runabout

[ˈrʌnəbaʊt] N
1. (Aut) → coche m pequeño
2. (Rail etc) → billete m kilométrico

runabout

[ˈrʌnəbaʊt] n
(= car) → cabriolet m
(US) (= boat) → canot m à moteur

runabout

[ˈrʌnəˌbaʊt] n (car) → utilitaria
References in classic literature ?
He had, however, taken the precaution to engage in advance a runabout with a pair of old livery-stable trotters that could still do their eighteen miles on level roads; and at two o'clock, hastily deserting the luncheon-table, he sprang into the light carriage and drove off.
And to the end of the day, Bob continued to be up to one trick or another; after passing a dozen automobiles on the way into Oakland, suddenly electing to go mad with fright at a most ordinary little runabout.
Men--Americans--driving along in buggies or runabouts looked at Saxon and Billy curiously.
And it might be that in time to come there would be given to them little runabouts.
Choosing a 'fashionable' little used runabout can often be a risk.
KUWAIT, May 25 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti jet ski racer Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq came second in the Aquabike World Championships' Runabout Grand Prix at the southeastern historical coastal town of Castro.
The company came to prominence in the 1950s with its Tritone, a mahogany runabout made popular by the European and Mediterranean jet-set, and the later Aquarama which was powered by tuned Cadillac and Chrysler sourced engines.
Those in search of a beautifully conceived, affordable and impressively space and fuel-efficient urban runabout will need to consider it.
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These engines are the new best option for bass, deep-vee, runabout and offshore boats as well as pontoons and saltwater skiffs.
Kuwait's defending world champion Yousef al-Abdulrazzaq started his first World Championship Runabout heat from pole position, but first heat honours went to Cyrille Lemoine, after the Kuwaiti was disqualified and Qatar's Mohamed al-Haidus pushed Lemoine all the way to the chequered flag.
Judges praised the quality, refinement, style and value of the city runabout, which costs from PS8,345.