Part of speech: noun
Origin: Middle English, 19th century
someone who moves restlessly from one social event to another
a person who travels often for pleasure
Examples of Gadabout in a sentence
"Terry is always cancelling plans because he's found something better-- he's a bit of a gadabout."
"I have a bit of a reputation as a gadabout-- I can often be seen taking photos in exotic locations around the world."
In 2018, a man named Don Parrish was named the world's most well-travelled person. He's traveled to 850 distinct locations around the world, from Easter Island to North Korea, plus over 60 different islands by boat. At 73 years old, he's decidedly more motivated than a mere gadabout.
Did you Know?
To "gad" means to wander about aimlessly, so a gadabout is someone who literally gads about.