Roustabout Roust"a*bout`, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A laborer, especially a deck hand, on a river steamboat, who moves the cargo, loads and unloads wood, and the like; in an opprobrious sense, a shiftless vagrant who lives by chance jobs. [Western U.S.] [1913 Webster]

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  • roustabout — deck hand, wharf worker, 1868, perhaps from ROUST (Cf. roust) + ABOUT (Cf. about). But another theory connects it to British dialect rousing rough, shaggy, a word associated perhaps with rooster …   Etymology dictionary

  • roustabout — *worker, workman, workingman, laborer, mechanic, artisan, operative, hand, craftsman, handicraftsman …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • roustabout — ► NOUN ▪ an unskilled or casual labourer, especially a labourer on an oil rig. ORIGIN from ROUST(Cf. ↑roust) …   English terms dictionary

  • roustabout — [rous′tə bout΄] n. [ ROUST + ABOUT ] ☆ 1. a deckhand or waterfront laborer ☆ 2. a laborer in a circus who helps set up the tents, etc. ☆ 3. an unskilled or transient laborer, as on a ranch or in an oil field …   English World dictionary

  • Roustabout — A roustabout is a labourer typically performing temporary, unskilled work. The term has traditionally been used to refer to traveling circus workers or oil rig workers. A variation in spelling, rouseabout (often abbreviated to Rousie ), is… …   Wikipedia

  • roustabout — [[t]ra͟ʊstəbaʊt[/t]] roustabouts N COUNT A roustabout is a unskilled worker, especially one who works in a port or at an oil well. [AM] …   English dictionary

  • roustabout — noun Date: 1868 1. a. deckhand b. longshoreman 2. an unskilled or semiskilled laborer especially in an oil field or refinery 3. a circus worker who erects and dismantles tents, cares for the grounds, and handles animals and equipment 4. a person… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Roustabout — …   Википедия

  • roustabout — /rowst euh bowt /, n. 1. a wharf laborer or deck hand, as on the Mississippi River. 2. an unskilled laborer who lives by odd jobs. 3. a circus laborer who helps in setting up and taking down the tents and in caring for the animals, equipment, and …   Universalium

  • roustabout — noun an unskilled laborer, especially at an oilfield, at a circus or on a ship …   Wiktionary

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