Definition of Knockabout

1. Noun. A sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit.

Generic synonyms: Sloop

2. Adjective. Full of rough and exuberant animal spirits. "Knockabout comedy"
Exact synonyms: Boisterous
Similar to: Spirited

3. Adjective. Suitable for rough use. "A knockabout old car"
Similar to: Rugged

Definition of Knockabout

1. n. A small yacht, generally from fifteen to twenty- five feet in length, having a mainsail and a jib. All knockabouts have ballast and either a keel or centerboard. The original type was twenty-one feet in length. The next larger type is called a raceabout.

2. a. Marked by knocking about or roughness.

Definition of Knockabout

1. Adjective. Boisterous ¹

2. Adjective. Suitable for rough use. ¹

3. Noun. (sailing) A small sailboat lacking a bowsprit, of a type found primarily in the Massachusetts area ¹

4. Noun. (context: entertainment) A slapstick comedy or comedian. ¹

5. Noun. (context: circus) A tumbler. ¹

6. Noun. Clothing suitable for rough use. ¹

7. Noun. Workers habitually engaged in casual employment. ¹

8. Noun. People living in rough, violent conditions. ¹

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Definition of Knockabout

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Knockabout

knock off
knock off someone's block
knock on
knock on wood
knock out
knock out of the box
knock over
knock rummy
knock someone's block off
knock someone's socks off
knock someone off his perch
knock the living daylights out of
knock together
knock up
knockabout (current term)
knocked about
knocked around
knocked down
knocked out(p)
knocked up

Literary usage of Knockabout

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Specimens of Prose Composition by Charles Read Nutter, Frank Wilson Cheney Hersey, Chester Noyes Greenough (1907)
"STUDENTS' THEMES: EXPOSITION HOW TO SAIL A knockabout It will be necessary before describing the ... Let us take, for example, -the small knockabout. ..."

2. Class List: Travels. 1908. [This Class List is Supposed to Contain All Works by Bangor Public Library (Bangor, Me.). (1908)
"Ob2.3 knockabout Club in the Everglades. 1888 910.Ob2.1 , knockabout Club in the Antilles. 1888 910. ... knockabout Club in North Africa. 18<w 910. ..."

3. Illustrated Catalogue and Classified Book List of the Northwestern Library by Northwestern library association (1899)
"The knockabout Club on the Spanish Main. The knockabout Club in North Africa. The knockabout Club in Spain. The knockabout dub in the Antilles. (Continued. ..."

4. Catalogue of English Prose Fiction and Juvenile Books in the Chicago Public Chicago Public Library by Chicago Public Library (1898)
"Ober H iq/4 knockabout Club in the Antilles. Ober.H 1973 knockabout Club ia the ... Ober H 1971 knockabout Club in the Tropics. Stephens H 2403 knockabout ..."

5. Canoeing, Sailing and Motor Boating by Warren Hastings Miller (1919)
"A knockabout BIG FOR A 22-FT. DECKED SKIFF An ordinary oyster skiff can be rigged on this model at small expense, ..."

6. Complete Dictionary Catalogue of the Public School Library of Grand Rapids (1892)
"MERRIMAN, EFFIE N. Knitting. (In Home decorative work. ) 746.1 knockabout club alongshore. С : A. Stephens 89.91 knockabout club in north Africa. ..."

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