Detour vs Roundabout - What's the difference?

detour | roundabout |

As nouns the difference between detour and roundabout

is that detour is a diversion or deviation from one's original route while roundabout is (chiefly|uk|new zealand|and|australia) a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island.

As a verb detour

is to make a detour.

As a adjective roundabout is

indirect, circuitous, or circumlocutionary.




(en noun)
  • A diversion or deviation from one's original route.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter IX
  • On the third day I made a detour westward to avoid the country of the Band-lu, as I did not care to be detained by a meeting with To-jo.


    (en verb)
  • To make a detour.
  • To direct or send on a detour.
  • Anagrams





    (en adjective)
  • Indirect, circuitous, or circumlocutionary.
  • * 1896 , , From Whose Bourne , ch. 9:
  • [S]he fled, running like a deer, doubling and turning through alleys and back streets until by a very roundabout road she reached her own room.
  • * 1921 , , Indiscretions of Archie , ch. 17:
  • "Really, Bill, I think your best plan would be to go straight to father and tell him the whole thing.—You don't want him to hear about it in a roundabout way."
  • * 2001 Dec. 3, , " Rather Reports Another War," New York Times (retrieved 3 April 2014):
  • Mr. Rather flew to the area in a roundabout fashion, first landing in Bahrain, from there flying to Islamabad and then heading to Kabul by land.
  • * 2011 , Golgotha Press (ed.), 50 Classic Philosophy Books , ISBN 9781610425957, (Google preview):
  • Descartes is compelled to fall back upon a curious roundabout argument to prove that there is a world. He must first prove that God exists, and then argue that God would not deceive us into thinking that it exists when it does not.
  • Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.
  • * 1706 , , Of the Conduct of the Understanding , item 3.3:
  • The third sort is of those who readily and sincerely follow reason, but for want of having that which one may call a large, sound, roundabout sense, have not a full view of all that relates to the question.

    Derived terms

    * roundaboutly


    (en noun)
  • (chiefly, UK, New Zealand, and, Australia) A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
  • (chiefly, British) A children's play apparatus, often found in parks, which rotates around a central axis when pushed.
  • A fairground carousel.
  • A detour
  • A short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
  • Derived terms

    * mini-roundabout


    * (road junction) traffic circle, rotary

    See also

    * swings and roundabouts