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About appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • A sad story about Nobody
  • The king would sing, about a ring that would go ding.
  • A wooden worm wouldn't be worthy of worship but would he if he wondered and worried about what he would be worthy of if he wasn't wooden?
    (by Samy Gosselin)

About appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly. (58 letters)
  • William said that everything about his jacket was in quite good condition except for the zipper. (80 letters)
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About is sometimes a misspelling of above.

The word about is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

Definition of the adjective about

What does about mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more about / most about

  1. on the move
    • example: up and about
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • synonym of about: astir
    • similar: active

Alternative definition of the adjective about


  1. Moving around.
  2. In existence.

Definition of the adverb about

What does about mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
  2. all around or on all sides
    • examples: dirty clothes lying around (or about) | let's look about for help
    • synonym of about: around
  3. in the area or vicinity
    • example: a few spectators standing about
    • synonym of about: around
  4. used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    • examples: wandering about with no place to go | people were rushing about | news gets around (or about)
    • synonym of about: around
  5. in or to a reversed position or direction
    • example: about face
    • synonym of about: around
  6. in rotation or succession
    • example: turn about is fair play
  7. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

Alternative definition of the adverb about


  1. On all sides; around.
  2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside
  3. Here and there; around; in one place and another.
  4. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.
  5. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack

Other definitions of about

What does about also mean?


  1. Around; all round; outside or on every side of.
  2. In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).
  3. Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.
  4. [rft-sense] Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity.
  5. In concern with; engaged in; intent on.
  6. [context: before a to-infinitive] On the point or verge of; going; in act of.
  7. Concerning; with regard to; on account of.


"About" is a 2012 short film directed by Ian Dias.

  • country: Brazil
  • released in (4 years ago)


"About" a.k.a. "About..." is a musical album of Tok tok tok.

  • released on (10 years ago)


About is a record label.


  1. about a.k.a. Circa, usually abbreviated c., ca or ca., means "approximately" in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Serbian, German, Dutch, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Czech, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish, usually referring to a date. Circa is widely used in genealogy and historical writing when the dates of events are not accurately known.
  2. About is an annotation category.
  3. abOUT was a Toronto-based online biweekly lifestyles and current affairs magazine, serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of North America.
    • also known as About Inc
  4. About is a website.
  5. About: Bu yıl 13. yaşını kutlayan, Türkiye'nin ilk moda sitesi olup; dünyanın dört bir yanındaki moda başkentlerinden derlediği yüzbinlerce defile ve sokak modası fotoğrafı ile de konusundaki en geniş içerikli Türkçe kaynaktır.

Phrases with About

Phrases starting with the word About:

  1. About to
  2. About Face
  3. About Time
  4. about turn
  5. about-face
  6. about-turn

Phrases ending with the word About:

  1. go about
  2. On About
  3. bob about
  4. bum about
  5. get about
  6. How About
  7. lay about
  8. lie about
  9. put about
  10. Ran About
  11. Run About
  12. set about
  13. arse about
  14. Bang About

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for About

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Google previewThe 9/11 Encyclopedia (2011)

Second Edition by Stephen E Atkins

Hamilton, former Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission, admitted learning about the Able Danger program but denied hearing anything credible about a possible identification of Atta or other hijackers in the 9/ 11 plot. This argument ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Government and Politics (2004)

by M. E. Hawkesworth, Maurice Kogan

Theories or assumptions about human nature are explicit or implicit in political philosophies, social programmes, ethics and religions. There has been disagreement about whether we are essentially different from other animals; about how far ...

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Quotes about About

Because women live creatively, they rarely experience the need to depict or write about that which to them is a primary experience and which men know only at a second remove. Women create naturally, men create artificially. (Ashley Montagu)
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Scrabble value of A1B3O1U1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ABOUT

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