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 knowledge of Young's or Williams' whereabouts can contact police Detective Tonya McDaniel at 214-671-4236 or tonya.mcdaniel@dallascityhall.com. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Teenage suspect in Deep Ellum slaying turns himself in after his mom calls police," 29 June 2019 The driver was incoherent and unaware of his whereabouts. cleveland.com, "Woman arrested for OVI after her car strikes mailbox and is driven off road: Solon police blotter," 20 June 2019 Saudi officials said at first that Mr. Khashoggi had left the consulate alive and denied any knowledge of his whereabouts. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Saudis Called Khashoggi ‘Sacrificial Animal’ as They Waited to Kill Him," 19 June 2019 Anyone who sees Martin or knows of his whereabouts, or has information regarding last night’s theft is asked to call 911 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Jefferson County deputies search for 15-year-old boy who allegedly stole weapons," 6 June 2019 The suspect, located by police hours after Elizabeth vanished, gave investigators conflicting versions of his whereabouts the previous night, the documents said. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Rape charges filed against the uncle of a 5-year-old girl who vanished in Utah," 6 June 2019 The department is asking anyone who has seen Gilenna or knows of his whereabouts to dial 911 and report it to police. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Fire department searches Chain O' Lakes inlet for Fox Lake man missing since early May," 4 June 2019 Iranian authorities have claimed no knowledge of his whereabouts. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Iran Confirms Arrest of U.S. Navy Veteran," 9 Jan. 2019 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

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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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