Definition of go walkabout in English:

go walkabout


  • 1Wander around from place to place in a protracted or leisurely way.

    ‘I thought I'd just go walkabout and see what I can dig up’
    ‘he's gone walkabout for reasons of his own’
    • ‘I've adopted the use of a small kitchen timer, set at forty minutes, to save me from sitting too long hunched over the manuscript and, when it pings, I put my pencil down, get up, stretch, and go walkabout.’
    • ‘Soprano Sarah Crane and baritone Shaun Brown join forces with pianist Bernadette Groot as they go walkabout with songs of travel, dreaming, love and seeking high adventure.’
    • ‘But in recent years, other chunks of the service industry have gone walkabout, as telecommunications costs have collapsed.’
    • ‘After a concert in Los Angeles, he went walkabout and was found beaten up in a gutter.’
    • ‘When Mano Negra imploded, Chao went walkabout with a guitar and a tape recorder and, in 1998, the fruits of his efforts appeared as Clandestino.’
    • ‘They also tend to go mental walkabout when they feel they have done enough to win the game.’
    • ‘If he wasn't trying to dig an escape tunnel, he was going walkabout after finding an open gate in the house's garden.’
    • ‘Well, he told me there is a problem with crayfish, they go walkabout.’
    • ‘I've lived in the same house for 10 years now and I'm still redelivering mail to neighbours, wondering as I go walkabout who has received mine and what they may do with it.’
    • ‘Then he was dropped by the Roosters to Premier League for going walkabout and missing training.’
  • 2(of an Australian Aboriginal) journey into the bush in order to live in the traditional manner.

    • ‘So they go walkabout with the Aborigine for what must be months but, just like the characters, we are unable to gauge time.’
    • ‘Even today aborigines in the outback habitually go walkabout to experience what they call the ‘songlines’, singing the old songs and tunes and thereby continuing the very essence of creation.’
    • ‘At 16 make all children go walkabout in the Bush learning traditional skills and to do without modern technology for a year.’