runabout

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

run +‎ about, from the verb phrase.

Noun[edit]

runabout (plural runabouts)

  1. Any of several small vehicles, especially a small motor car for use on short journeys.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 2, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      The door being open, Stranleigh walked in unannounced. A two-seated runabout [] stood by the window, where it could be viewed by passers-by. Further down the room rested a chassis, []
  2. (dated) A motor car having a single row of seats.
  3. An American light, open, horse-drawn vehicle with four large wheels.

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