there·​abouts | \ ˌt͟her-ə-ˈbau̇ts How to pronounce thereabouts (audio) , ˈt͟her-ə-ˌbau̇ts \
variants: or less commonly thereabout \ ˌt͟her-​ə-​ˈbau̇t How to pronounce thereabouts (audio) , ˈt͟her-​ə-​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

He lives on Maple Street or thereabouts. It happened in 1977 or thereabouts. There were 50 people or thereabouts.
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Recent Examples on the Web The sides that are going to be there or thereabouts are now there or thereabouts., "6 Things You May Have Missed From Around Europe This Weekend," 28 Oct. 2019 Villa will no doubt have their work cut out to avoid the dreaded drop though, and are expected to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season., "8 Potential Relegation 'Six-Pointers' as Premier League Fixtures are Announced," 13 June 2019 The big brands are scrambling to design V4 liter bikes—sport bikes with 1000cc engines, or thereabouts—and making major noise about the V4’s triumphant return to public roads. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The New Age of the V4 Road Bike," 26 Apr. 2019 In 1636, or thereabouts, Peter Paul Rubens painted an idyllic, autumnal landscape of his vast manor in the Belgian countryside for his own pleasure. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Rubens’ Sprawling Castle in the Belgian Countryside Is on the Market," 2 Mar. 2018 Once a month, or thereabouts, chef Juan Rodriguez will create a three- to four-course meal for a limited number of diners at Magdalena’s homebase at 502 Grand Ave. star-telegram, "Restaurant roundup: City Works sports bar comes up to bat at Clearfork, and more," 7 Dec. 2017 Mid-September to mid-October, or thereabouts, is the prime time to work on fescue lawns in the Piedmont. Nancy Brachey, charlotteobserver, "Put a blue mist in your landscape," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of thereabouts

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

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English Language Learners Definition of thereabouts

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


there·​abouts | \ ˌt͟her-ə-ˈbau̇ts How to pronounce thereabouts (audio) \
variants: also thereabout \ -​ˈbau̇t \

Kids Definition of thereabouts

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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