there·​abouts ˌt͟her-ə-ˈbau̇ts How to pronounce thereabouts (audio)
variants or less commonly thereabout
ˌt͟her-ə-ˈbau̇t How to pronounce thereabouts (audio)
: near that place or time
: near that number, degree, or quantity
a boy of 18 or thereabouts

Examples of thereabouts in a Sentence

He lives on Maple Street or thereabouts. It happened in 1977 or thereabouts. There were 50 people or thereabouts.
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thereabouts was before the 12th century

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“Thereabouts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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variants also thereabout
ˌt͟har-ə-ˈbau̇t(s) How to pronounce thereabouts (audio)
: near that place or time
came from that town or thereabouts
: near that number, degree, or quantity
fifty people or thereabouts

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