thereabouts

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adverb there·abouts \ ˌt͟her-ə-ˈbau̇ts , ˈt͟her-ə-ˌ \
variants: or less commonly thereabout play \-ˈbau̇t, -ˌbau̇t\

Definition of thereabouts

1 :near that place or time
2 :near that number, degree, or quantity
  • a boy of 18 or thereabouts

Examples of thereabouts in a Sentence

  1. He lives on Maple Street or thereabouts.

  2. It happened in 1977 or thereabouts.

  3. There were 50 people or thereabouts.

First Known Use of thereabouts

before 12th century


THEREABOUTS Defined for English Language Learners

thereabouts

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Definition of thereabouts for English Language Learners

  • : near or around that place, time, number, amount, etc.


THEREABOUTS Defined for Kids

thereabouts

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adverb there·abouts \ ˌt͟her-ə-ˈbau̇ts \
variants: also thereabout \-ˈbau̇t\

Definition of thereabouts for Students

1 :near that place or time
  • There was a cabin thereabouts.
2 :near that number, degree, or amount
  • The temperature reached 100 degrees or thereabouts.


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