how to pronounce roundabout


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roundabout is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of roundabout in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to give you a roundabout answer to this …”

meanings of roundabout


  1. A short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
  2. A detour.
  3. A horizontal wheel which rotates around a central axis when pushed and on which children ride, often found in parks as a children's play apparatus.
  4. A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island.
  5. A round dance.
  6. A fairground carousel.


  1. Indirect, circuitous, or circumlocutionary.
  2. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.

roundabout frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word roundabout occurs in english on average 1.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics roundabout can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that roundabout can be often used in the following areas:

1) transport and travel;

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