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whereabouts

adverb where·abouts \ ˈhwer-ə-ˌbau̇ts , ˈwer- \
variants: or less commonly whereabout play \ˈhwer-ə-ˌbau̇t, ˈwer-\

Definition of whereabouts

:about where :near what place
  • whereabouts is the house

Examples of whereabouts in a Sentence

  1. Whereabouts did you park the car?

  2. whereabouts do you expect to be on your journey tonight?

Origin and Etymology of whereabouts

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

whereabouts Synonyms

Synonyms
where (also whereabout), whither
Related Words
wherever
Near Antonyms
whence

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whereabouts

conjunction
variants: or less commonly whereabout

Definition of whereabouts

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

First Known Use of whereabouts

14th century


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whereabouts

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of whereabouts

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

First Known Use of whereabouts

1605


WHEREABOUTS Defined for English Language Learners

whereabouts

adverb

Definition of whereabouts for English Language Learners

  • : near what place


whereabouts

noun

Definition of whereabouts for English Language Learners

  • : the location of a person or thing


WHEREABOUTS Defined for Kids

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whereabouts

adverb where·abouts \ ˈhwer-ə-ˌbau̇ts , ˈwer- \

Definition of whereabouts for Students

:near what place
  • Whereabouts did you lose it?

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whereabouts

noun plural

Definition of whereabouts for Students

: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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