Definition of gadabout in English:



  • A habitual pleasure-seeker.

    ‘Walter was a restless charmer and a gadabout’
    • ‘If Hanson's great hero is the citizen-farmer, his great villain is the effete, left-wing urbanite - the relativist, the poseur, the spoiled gadabout who has ignorantly embraced fashionable opinions.’
    • ‘Let's face it, Canucks need all the globe-trotting gadabouts and nocturnal nomads they can get to liven up their cute if not a tad peculiar corner of the planet!’
    • ‘This gathering of elderly gadabouts had landed here for various reasons and decided to spend their golden years in retirement in the kingdom that they had grown to love.’
    • ‘A libertine and charming gadabout, he wooed women with the troubadour songs of Provencal, spending each year's 150 religious holidays sauntering through the Umbrian countryside on foot and horseback.’
    • ‘So here we are in the early 1760s. Sade is in Paris, newly wed and living the life of an average 18th century gadabout, partying with countless courtesans, opera girls and prostitutes.’
    • ‘And yet questions continue to arise, questions that conspire to keep even the most adventuresome gadabout from entering the enchanted world of mechanized canine conveyance.’
    • ‘The old warhorse sensed the chipped concrete and flood-lights of home, it whinnied as it went, there was a flash of the old gadabout, a squirt of adrenaline.’
    • ‘Friede was a publishing luminary and witty gadabout.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Jonathan Strange, a charming, wealthy gadabout, takes up magic on a whim after becoming bored with trying to write lyric poetry.’
    • ‘Otherwise, 19 lip-smacking songs chart their progression from eager-beaver punks to society gadabouts.’
    • ‘The papal representative called her ‘a restless, disobedient gadabout who has gone about teaching as though she were a professor.’’
    • ‘Then Geoffrey of London, a young gadabout whose taste runs to older women, and who has various angry husbands and boyfriends on his trail.’
    gallivanter, pleasure-seeker
    View synonyms