Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “knock about/around (sth)”

knock about/around (sth)

verb uk phrasal verb with knock   /nɒk/ us    /nɑːk/
to be in a place that is not exactly known or in various places especially over a long period of time: I'm sure I've got a copy of 'Time's Arrow' knocking about somewhere. He spent years knocking around the Far East before the First World War.PresentAvailable and accessibleUnavailable and inaccessible
(Definition of knock about/around (sth) from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of knock about/around (sth)?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “knock about/around (sth)”

Word of the Day


to send something through the air with force, especially by a sudden movement of the arm

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More