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knockabout (adj.)

also knock-about, "suitable for anything," 1876, from verbal phrase knock about (intrans.) "wander here and there" (1833; knock around in the same sense is from 1848); see knock (v.) + around (adv.).

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Definitions of knockabout
1
knockabout (adj.)
full of rough and exuberant animal spirits;
knockabout comedy
Synonyms: boisterous
knockabout (adj.)
suitable for rough use;
a knockabout old car
a knockabout overcoat
2
knockabout (n.)
a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit;
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