Roundabout - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈraʊndəbaʊt|  American pronunciation of the word roundabout
Brit.  |ˈraʊndəbaʊt|  British pronunciation of the word roundabout


- a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island (syn: circle, rotary)
- a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement (syn: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, whirligig)


- marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct(syn: circuitous)
- deviating from a straight course(syn: circuitous, devious)


He took a roundabout route to town.

In a roundabout way, he told me that my help was not wanted.

Turn left at the first roundabout.

It was a roundabout way of telling us to leave.

The bus took a very long and roundabout route.

hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend

a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic

The by-pass crosses Wilton Lane shortly after a roundabout.

Word forms

singular: roundabout
plural: roundabouts
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