rous|ta|bout [ˈraustəbaut] n
especially AmE a man who does work for which he needs to be strong but not skilled, especially in a port, an ↑oilfield, or a ↑circus

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 (album) — Roustabout est un album d Elvis Presley sorti le 20 octobre 1964 sur l étiquette RCA Victor (LSP 2999 en stéréo; LPM 2999 en mono). Bande sonore du film du même nom, il a atteint la première position au Billboard en janvier 1965 (du 2 au 9), pour …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Roustabout (film) — This article is about the Elvis Presley film. For information about the Elvis Presley album based upon the film, see Roustabout (album). Infobox Film name = Roustabout caption = Original theatrical poster imdb id = 0058534 producer = Hal B.… …   Wikipedia

  • Roustabout (disambiguation) — A roustabout is a type of worker. The word may also refer to:* Roustabout (film), starring Elvis Presley * Roustabout (album), the soundtrack to the film * Roustabout , a song on the album * Roustabout , a track on Mark Simpson s folk Special… …   Wikipedia

  • Roustabout (album) — Infobox Album Name = Roustabout Type = Soundtrack Longtype = Artist = Elvis Presley Released = November 1964 Recorded = Genre = Length = Label = Producer = Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|1.5|5 [… …   Wikipedia

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