Pronunciation: (nok'u-bout"), [key]
1. Naut.any of various fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessels having a single jib bent to a stay from the stemhead, no bowsprit being used: usually rigged as a sloop.
2. something designed or suitable for rough or casual use, as a sturdy jacket, a secondhand car, etc.
3. a slapstick comedian or comedy.
4. Australian.an itinerant farm hand or ranch hand; an itinerant handyman.
5. Brit. Archaic.wanderer.
1. suitable for rough use, as a garment: a knockabout jacket and jeans.
2. characterized by knocking about; rough; boisterous.
3. slapstick: knockabout comedy.
4. shiftless; aimless: a knockabout kind of person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.