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Meaning & Definition of Roundabout in English

English

Roundabout

/raʊndəbaʊt/

noun

1. A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island

  • "The accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
    synonym:
  • traffic circle
  • ,
  • circle
  • ,
  • rotary
  • ,
  • roundabout

2. A large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement

    synonym:
  • carousel
  • ,
  • carrousel
  • ,
  • merry-go-round
  • ,
  • roundabout
  • ,
  • whirligig

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • circuitous
  • ,
  • roundabout

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • devious
  • ,
  • circuitous
  • ,
  • roundabout