Definition of walkabout in English:

walkabout

noun

  • 1British An informal stroll among a crowd conducted by an important visitor.

    ‘the prime minister went on an impromptu walkabout’
    • ‘At countless walkabouts, official openings, celebrations and her own garden parties, she has demonstrated that she is as friendly as she is regal.’
    • ‘She laughed and joked with well-wishers during a walkabout after signing a charter to mark the official launch of the city's new super-university.’
    • ‘But security concerns are paramount and there was no question of a royal walkabout in Nigeria's teeming slums.’
    • ‘There will be no ceremonial drive down the Mall with the Queen, no Lord Mayor's Banquet at the Guildhall, no walkabouts to meet the people.’
    • ‘They will attend a service at the Minster before taking a walkabout along Duncombe Place to the Assembly Rooms, where the couple will see a special exhibition about York's history.’
    • ‘He did recover his composure and went on an hour-long walkabout with the Leicester Square crowds, signing autographs and chatting on mobile phones in customary fashion.’
    • ‘Earlier, more than 20,000 people welcomed the royal couple to a shopping mall in Solihull as they staged an impromptu walkabout.’
    • ‘On a walkabout in Brent East, he accused Mr Blair of insulting the intelligence of electors by warning that voting Lib Dem would produce a Tory government.’
    • ‘By noon the prince will be meeting residents, schoolchildren and groups on a traditional royal walkabout.’
    • ‘Not for him the public walkabouts among adoring throngs that marked Bill Clinton's jovial foreign jaunts.’
    • ‘After the service the Queen and Duke went on a walkabout in the castle grounds and chatted to the large crowd of well-wishers.’
    • ‘He failed to show up for a scheduled walkabout at the London Stock Exchange this week, leaving half a dozen of his candidates to get drenched by a thunderstorm.’
    • ‘The Queen Mother was someone who made sure her people came first, and officials had a job keeping her away from unofficial walkabouts.’
    • ‘The traditional walkabout saw the Fine Gael leader mix and mingle with the locals with consummate ease.’
    • ‘Former US President Bill Clinton stunned shoppers with an impromptu walkabout yesterday, after enjoying a Yorkshire pub lunch.’
    • ‘But the glamorous trio still made time for a half-hour walkabout to greet the 4,000 screaming fans who had packed Leicester Square.’
    • ‘William Hague was right about one thing: reality bites - but even he has started cancelling his walkabouts.’
    • ‘The prime minister has been embarking on a hectic schedule of overseas trips, summits, policy initiatives, walkabouts and social engagements.’
    • ‘The 28-year-old star gave the 2,000-strong crowd a treat with a five-minute walkabout before the screening of Gangs of New York.’
    • ‘On his way to Napier today for a lunchtime walkabout Dr Brash said the vandalism ‘showed how far standards had slipped in the education system under Labour’.’
  • 2Australian A journey (originally on foot) undertaken by an Australian Aboriginal in order to live in the traditional manner.

    • ‘Their journey coincides with that of an Aborigine boy on his walkabout - a 10-day ritual where boys are left to fend for themselves, an event that initiates their entrance into adulthood.’
    • ‘On the way, they are helped by an aboriginal boy on his walkabout.’
    • ‘One of the key attractions for many international visitors is the romance and mystique attached to Aboriginal culture, dreamtimes and walkabouts, learning a little more about the oldest civilization in the world.’
    • ‘There was walkabout land with food, a billabong.’
    • ‘Lavanya was thrilled to meet and interact with them - she talks about stolen generations, displacement, lost souls, land issues, heritage, dreamtimes and walkabouts.’
    visit, inspection, guided tour, walk round, survey, ramble
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Phrases

  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then he was dropped by the Roosters to Premier League for going walkabout and missing training.’
      • ‘But in recent years, other chunks of the service industry have gone walkabout, as telecommunications costs have collapsed.’
      • ‘Well, he told me there is a problem with crayfish, they go walkabout.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a concert in Los Angeles, he went walkabout and was found beaten up in a gutter.’
    • 2(of an Australian Aboriginal) journey into the bush in order to live in the traditional manner.

      • ‘At 16 make all children go walkabout in the Bush learning traditional skills and to do without modern technology for a year.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

walkabout

/ˈwɔːkəbaʊt/