knockabout


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knock·a·bout

 (nŏk′ə-bout′)
adj.
1. Boisterous; rowdy.
2. Appropriate for rough wear or use: a knockabout overcoat.
n.
A small sloop with a mainsail, jib, and keel but no bowsprit.

knock•a•bout

(ˈnɒk əˌbaʊt)

n.
1. a small fore-and-aft–rigged sailboat with a mainsail and a jib but no bowsprit.
2. something designed or suitable for rough or casual use, as a sturdy jacket or old car.
adj.
3. suitable for rough use, as a garment.
4. rough; boisterous.
5. slapstick: knockabout comedy.
6. shiftless; aimless.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knockabout - a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowspritknockabout - a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit
sloop - a sailing vessel with a single mast set about one third of the boat's length aft of the bow
Adj.1.knockabout - full of rough and exuberant animal spirits; "boisterous practical jokes"; "knockabout comedy"
spirited - displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
2.knockabout - suitable for rough use; "a knockabout overcoat"; "a knockabout old car"
rugged - sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring; "with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"

knockabout

adjective boisterous, riotous, rollicking, rough-and-tumble, rumbustious, rambunctious (informal), harum-scarum, farcical, slapstick It is all good knockabout fun.

knockabout

adjective
Marked by vigorous physical exertion:
Translations

knockabout

[ˈnɒkəbaʊt]
A. ADJ (esp Brit) → bullicioso, tumultuoso
knockabout comedyfarsa f bulliciosa
B. N (Sport) to have a knockaboutpelotear
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