Definition of runabout in English:



  • 1A small car or light aircraft, especially one used for short journeys.

    • ‘In Romania, for example, consumers prefer cheap runabouts produced by the domestic car manufacturer, Dacia, to the more expensive models made by Daewoo.’
    • ‘Produced by manufacturers that Detroit had in some cases taught to build cars, these fuel-efficient runabouts caught the Big Three by surprise, just as the oil crisis did.’
    • ‘The Fiat 500 was introduced in 1957 and the production run went for 20 years, with 4 million of the little runabouts being built in that time.’
    • ‘It might just be that these retro runabouts really are something to feel good about.’
    • ‘Such advances have lengthened servicing intervals in many cases to two years or up to 19,000 miles on ordinary runabouts.’
    • ‘The eco-aware Smart car, the revolutionary runabout from DaimlerChrysler, is both fun to drive and friendly to the finances.’
    • ‘There are plenty of five-seaters around, in fact they are proving indispensable to most families having to cope with school runs, shopping trips, holidays and general runabouts.’
    • ‘Described as ‘a joy to drive on any road’, the Focus is applauded for its ability to transform from city runabout to finely honed driving tool in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘It's more like a high-tech getaway vehicle than a family runabout.’
    • ‘The top speed of runabouts can vary greatly, up to 80 mph depending on the amount of money you spend on modifying them.’
    • ‘He had his own sports car, a company car, a runabout car and another one, presumably for times when the other three were not available.’
    • ‘Most fleets have taken the approach that a car which is generally used as an office runabout is an unnecessary expense.’
    • ‘Whether you are looking for an economical city runabout or a first car, a good supermini makes increasingly sound sense for Irish motorists.’
    • ‘John and Gary reckoned their red runabout, with a top speed of 60 mph, was an advantage because the 180 mph sports cars were shooting past junctions.’
    • ‘If you want I'll get Harry to take you into the village in his runabout and you can take the bus home.’
    • ‘We need functional, not flash vehicles cars that are fitted with speed limiters, not cars capable of ever higher speeds; runabouts, not four wheel drives.’
    • ‘It's a meeting at great temperature between a city runabout and an army Jeep.’
    • ‘The Smarts are built by Mercedes Benz and they are supposed to be town cars, little runabouts, and not designed for the wide open highways.’
    • ‘At prices from £29,000, it is not for those who only need a car as a runabout.’
    • ‘Designed as a city runabout, the two-door hatchback is shorter and narrower than a Maruti 800 and can just accommodate two adults and two children.’
    1. 1.1North American A small motor boat.
      • ‘Builders garnering owners' highest marks are Cobalt Boats in the runabout category, followed by Crownline, then Sea Ray.’
      • ‘Since Duke's Outboard was a Crestliner dealer when he worked in his father's shop as a kid, Montgomery has a special affinity for the small aluminum runabouts in the line and over the years he's restored several.’
      • ‘One project Doll hopes to start a volunteer on soon is restoration of a 22-foot Chris Craft-style mahogany inboard runabout now in storage.’
      • ‘So when our daughter Laurel, just home from college, set off with Mom and her little sister Suzy in the runabout to reconnoiter, I had to standoff in Padre Bay.’
      • ‘In the areas where the sand flows into the river you will see the most obvious works of man - the lithe curves of wooden boats and the artless shimmer of mass produced aluminum runabouts.’
      • ‘Haul the commuter in and we'll keep her afloat until Harry can get his runabout and take her ashore.’
      • ‘After he made sure that their things had been taken up to the house and they were both okay, a motorized runabout was sent over from the boat to pick him up.’
      • ‘On the other hand, for someone who wants a little runabout, there are any number of boats with only slight damage that could be picked up for a song.’
      • ‘The company earned the respect of the boating community and enjoyed great success in all its markets, extending from small runabouts to 60-foot and longer yachts.’
      • ‘He bought some surfcasting gear and later a 14 ft runabout, but he lost this in the surf off Back Beach.’
      • ‘At the time of the Chris-Craft win, the family had moved up to their third boat, a 17-foot runabout.’
      • ‘Maxum makes a line of sporty runabouts, deck boats and shapely curved cruisers and yachts from 18-42 feet.’
      • ‘Though more than 300 miles from the coast, spots along the Colorado such as Lake Havasu are a Mecca for Californians who love go-fast boats, runabouts and water sports.’
      • ‘The house comes with a 19-foot runabout, a canoe, kayaks, sailboards, and snorkeling and fishing gear.’
      • ‘‘Some poor guy is out in his 20-foot runabout with his wife and four kids, and the boat won't go into forward gear,’ he reports.’
      • ‘So the girls tie off the runabout to shore in the lee of the houseboat while I fire up the generator and light the gas grill on the forward deck.’
      • ‘The USS Cole was nearly sunk by suicide bombers aboard an open runabout in Yemen two years ago.’
      • ‘The ship was 25 miles offshore from Cape Canaveral, FL, surveying for sharks when the crew spotted two men and a woman clinging to an overturned runabout.’
      • ‘Most runabouts and ski boats have swim platforms that invite people to linger there at the same time it hides the exhaust outlet.’
      • ‘Then later on is the offshore salmon season and we have people going out four miles in large swells in small runabouts.’