• WordNet 3.6
    • n runabout an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n runabout A gadabout; a vagabond.
    • n runabout Any light open wagon for ready and handy use.
    • n runabout A small, light-weight, open motor-car, or one fitted with a buggy-top, designed to carry two persons, and intended to operate in towns or cities or within short distances; also a small motor-boat.
    • n runabout One of a herd of cattle left to run about and graze at will.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Runabout a gadabout: a vagabond: an open wagon
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rinnan; Ger. rennen, Ice. renna, to run.


In literature:

And she had her own runabout in the garage.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
Under the runabout could be seen the thin dangling legs of Cornelius Twombly.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
The road will be something fierce for our runabout.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
A minute later a light runabout spun up and a tall, thin man, with a sour face, leaped out and strode up to the two machines.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
Mel first, Harry, then Dex, together produced an electric-powered, open runabout.
"Question of Comfort" by Les Collins
Then they jumped into the runabout again and drove off.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
The runabout trap and the mare were out.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
She was soon back in her runabout, driving homeward fast as whip and voice could urge the horse.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Then, peering out, he saw the car and recognized it as the little runabout belonging to Dick and saw young Percival himself at the wheel.
"The Hilltop Boys" by Cyril Burleigh
She owned an electric runabout and wore expensive clothes.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Harry and his drag have taken the place of Dan and his runabout.
"'Charge It'" by Irving Bacheller
Finally a man, coming along in a runabout, told them to take the highway on the left.
"Dave Porter At Bear Camp" by Edward Stratemeyer
In general, heavy cars and runabouts give very inferior service.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
The discovery gave him a new sort of pleasure as he turned his runabout toward the town.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
The Doctor stood by his electric runabout, for half an hour or more.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
He saw an expensive runabout with two young fellows in it.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Can't a river turn, same as runabouts?
"A Daughter of the Forest" by Evelyn Raymond
There was Ed Waterbury, who was known to have a horse and runabout of his own.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Cora had, some time before, been given a fine large touring car, and Jack owned a small runabout.
"The Motor Girls on the Coast" by Margaret Penrose
He wanted to get a big touring car, but his father suggested that he had better start with a runabout.
"Dick Hamilton's Fortune" by Howard R. Garis

In news:

A 17' (5.2m) runabout from Challenger Marine in 1948.
For pure fun, speed, and versatility on the water, it's hard to beat the family runabout.
My wife and I have determined we need a runabout in order to run back and forth to the dock when the HB is anchored out in order to bring friends and family aboard.
Packard's expanded line of new body styles started with the 1905 Model N Runabout.
Side tie / tow runabout .
For the Runabout 's body, Packard made extensive use of aluminum.
However, the Runabout 's rear deck was made of ash.
What the runabout lacks in power with its small 83-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, it makes up for in style, spaciousness and connectivity.
Genie GR-26J Runabout Aerial Work Platform Lifts to 31 Feet.
Genie GR-26J Runabout self-propelled aerial work platform has a vertical mast with jib.
Sweet-handling Focus proves mainstream runabouts can be rewarding to drive.
"World's largest runabout" on its way to Maine for extensive makeover.
Genie GR-26J Runabout Aerial Work Platform Lifts to 31 Feet.
This runabout reveals the influence of Zimmer's association with John Hacker, and will require expert boatbuilders.
Runabouts, Pontoon Boats, Deck Boats.