Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: roundabout
IPA transcription: [ɹ'aʊndəb,aʊt]
Pronunciations of roundabout
adverb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: circuitous, roundabout
    Meaning: marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct; "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend"
  • Synonyms: devious, circuitous, roundabout
    Meaning: deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
Usage examples
  • In a defeat there would be a roundabout vindication of himself.
  • When we got up-stairs to his room he got me a coarse shirt and a roundabout and pants of his, and I put them on.
  • Nevertheless, when he reached home by a roundabout course, and found it impossible to dismiss thoughts of the boys engaged in that practice game, he eventually decided that he was a fool.
  • We heard this morning that those very savages rode out on the plains in a roundabout way, so as to get in advance of the Cheyennes, and then had hidden themselves on the top of a bluff overlooking the trail they knew the Cheyennes to be following, and had fired upon them as they passed below, killing two and wounding a number of others.
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