• WordNet 3.6
    • n gadabout a restless seeker after amusement or social companionship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gadabout A gadder
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gadabout One who gads or walks idly about, especially from motives of curiosity or gossip.
    • gadabout Gadding; rambling.
    • n gadabout A light square box-wagon, a substitute for the democrat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Gadabout one who walks idly about
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with gad in gadfly; or obsolete gadling, vagabond.


In literature:

Mrs. M'Collop calls Anne of Denmark a 'sad scattercash' and Mary an 'awfu' gadabout,' and I am inclined to agree with her.
"Penelope's Experiences in Scotland" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Yet why should I, after all, abuse the gadabout propensities of my countrymen?
"Tom Brown's Schooldays" by Thomas Hughes
She was a gadabout and she always made friends out of strangers from adjacent tables in restaurants they frequented.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
What a fickle little gadabout you are!
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola
Cats are domestic animals, your shrew-mice are sad gadabouts: you can't find a better model, any Kitty, than the ladies of Bubastis!
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Gadabout was square at both ends; so that the uninitiated were not always sure which way she was going to go.
"Virginia: The Old Dominion" by Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
She despised style, and regarded her sisters as frivolous ninnies and gadabouts.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
G. Oh, this gadabout spirit!
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
They hate me because I am no gadabout to spend time abusing my neighbours at the village well.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Bunny, you're a gadabout!
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers

In news:

As much as your Wandering Wino thought he was the culinary gadabout in town, I almost never attend an event without running into local bon vivant and frequent Bites commenter Vivek Surti.
Charleston has an ever-growing community of stationery designers (Sideshow Press, Dodeline, Gadabout, Bon Vivant), but one of our favorites is Ink Meets Paper Press.
Gadabout SalonSpas has now held the top spot in the Best Hair Salon category for six years in a row.
Gadabout SalonSpas have once again won the vote of perfectly manicured Weekly readers.