whereabouts

adverb
where·​abouts | \ ˈhwer-ə-ˌbau̇ts How to pronounce whereabouts (audio) , ˈwer-\
variants: or less commonly whereabout \ ˈhwer-​ə-​ˌbau̇t How to pronounce whereabout (audio) , ˈwer-​ \

Definition of whereabouts

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: about where : near what place whereabouts is the house

whereabouts

conjunction
variants: or less commonly whereabout

Definition of whereabouts (Entry 2 of 3)

1 obsolete : on what business or errand
2 : near what place : where know whereabouts he lives
also whereabout

Definition of whereabouts (Entry 3 of 3)

: the place or general locality where a person or thing is their present whereabouts are a secret

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Synonyms for whereabouts

Synonyms: Adverb

where, whither

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Whereabouts Is or whereabouts Are?

Whereabouts may function as an adverb (“Whereabouts is it?”), a conjunction (“I know whereabouts he lives”), or a noun (“Her whereabouts were unknown”). The noun form may provoke confusion because it feels singular but looks plural; should one write “her whereabouts were” or "her whereabouts was”? Because the final -s is an adverbial suffix, not a plural ending (similar to the one at the end of besides), certain usage commentators have insisted on treating whereabouts as a singular noun. In spite of this, you should feel comfortable pairing it with a plural verb; while some have employed singular verbs with this word, the plural (“her whereabouts were”) has become the regular choice.

Examples of whereabouts in a Sentence

Adverb

Whereabouts did you park the car? whereabouts do you expect to be on your journey tonight?

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Anyone with information about the case or the whereabouts of Mercado or Alora can call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Teenage girl still missing after man wanted in Carson killing is arrested in Mexico," 17 June 2019 Indiana State Police are asking for any information on the whereabouts of a missing 25-year-old man, last seen on June 8. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana State Police searching for missing man last seen in Corydon," 16 June 2019 Police officials are still investigating the whereabouts of the suspect. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "NBA finals argument leads to Pontiac man stabbing girlfriend's son, police say," 6 June 2019 NBC Chicago reported that anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of Caniya Johnson should call Area South detectives at (312) 747-8274. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "16-Year-Old Caniya Johnson Is the Latest Black Girl to Go Missing in Chicago," 27 Aug. 2018 The whereabouts of your father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, of Sweden. Johnathan Appel Sarah Kempa, The New Yorker, "What’s Hidden at the Bottom of Your CVS Receipt," 25 May 2018 The tracking number from the Fedex shipment offered up some new information about the scammer's actual whereabouts and possibly their identity. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam," 2 June 2019 Their whereabouts and their hometowns weren’t immediately known. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spain: FBI offered data stolen in North Korean Embassy raid," 27 Mar. 2019 During questioning on Monday, police said Plasencia repeatedly lied about his whereabouts and his relationship with Torres. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Arrest made in shooting death of Barry University student," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of whereabouts

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whereabouts

Adverb

Middle English wheraboutes (from wher aboute + -s, adverb suffix) & wher aboute, from where, wher where + about, aboute about — more at whence

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The first known use of whereabouts was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for whereabouts

whereabouts

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of whereabouts

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: near what place

whereabouts

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whereabouts (Entry 2 of 2)

: the location of a person or thing

whereabouts

adverb
where·​abouts | \ ˈhwer-ə-ˌbau̇ts How to pronounce whereabouts (audio) , ˈwer-\

Kids Definition of whereabouts

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: near what place Whereabouts did you lose it?

whereabouts

noun plural

Kids Definition of whereabouts (Entry 2 of 2)

: the place where someone or something is
Hint: Whereabouts can be used as a singular or plural in writing and speaking. … she knew the whereabouts of every fallen tree and hidden gully.— John Reynolds Gardiner, Stone Fox

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