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English adjective: roundabout

1. roundabout marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct

SamplesThe explanation was circuitous and puzzling.
A roundabout paragraph.
Hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend.




2. roundabout deviating from a straight course

SamplesA scenic but devious route.
A long and circuitous journey by train and boat.
A roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic.

Synonymscircuitous, devious



English noun: roundabout

1. roundabout (artifact) a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island

SamplesThe accident blocked all traffic at the rotary.

Synonymscircle, rotary, traffic circle

Broader (hypernym)junction

Part meronymroad, route

2. roundabout (artifact) a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement

Synonymscarousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, whirligig

Broader (hypernym)ride

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