I UK [ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "roundabout":
singular roundabout plural roundabouts British *
1) a circular area where three or more roads meet that you have to drive around in one direction in order to get onto another road. The American word is traffic circle or rotary.
2) a circular structure in a playground that children sit or stand on while it is pushed round

II UK [ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt] / US adjective [usually before noun]
not direct, simple, or short

a roundabout route

He always says things in a roundabout way.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • roundabout — index circuitous, devious, discursive (digressive), indirect, labyrinthine, oblique (evasive) …   Law dictionary

  • roundabout — (adv.) by a circuitous route, 1870, from ROUND (Cf. round) (adv.) + ABOUT (Cf. about). Noun sense of traffic circle is attested from 1927 …   Etymology dictionary

  • roundabout — *indirect, circuitous Analogous words: sinuous, *winding, tortuous, flexuous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • roundabout — [adj] indirect ambiguous, circuitous, circular, circumlocutory, collateral, deviating, devious, discursive, evasive, meandering, oblique, obliquitous, periphrastic, taking the long way*, tortuous; concepts 559,581,584 Ant. direct, honest,… …   New thesaurus

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  • Roundabout — This article is about the road junction. For other uses, see Roundabout (disambiguation). Movement within a roundabout in a country where traffic drives on the right. Note the anticlockwise circulation …   Wikipedia

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