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whereabouts

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

whereabout

play \ˈhwer-ə-ˌbau̇t, ˈwer-\

Definition of whereabouts

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 14th century


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whereabouts

conjunction where·abouts
variants: or less commonly

whereabout

Definition of whereabouts

  1. 1 obsolete :  on what business or errand

  2. 2 :  near what place :  where know whereabouts he lives

14th Century

First Known Use of whereabouts

14th century


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whereabouts

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction where·abouts

Definition of whereabouts

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whereabout

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

1605

First Known Use of whereabouts

1605


WHEREABOUTS Defined for English Language Learners

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whereabouts

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

Definition of whereabouts for English Language Learners

  • : near what place


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whereabouts

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction where·abouts

Definition of whereabouts for English Language Learners

  • : the location of a person or thing


WHEREABOUTS Defined for Kids

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whereabouts

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

Definition of whereabouts for Students

  1. :  near what place Whereabouts did you lose it?


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whereabouts

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noun plural where·abouts

Definition of whereabouts for Students

  1. :  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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