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[heer-uh-bout] /ˈhɪər əˌbaʊt/
about this place; in this neighborhood.
Origin of hereabout
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at here, about Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It had no appeal to him, but hereabouts were the tracks of the owner.

    The Biography of a Grizzly Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • I say, sonny; yer hain't seen nothin' of a keow, have yer, here or hereabouts?

  • It upset all their little notions of what a stranding means, hereabouts.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • But hereabouts it is only by special dispensation that one gets them.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • "Most every one hereabouts has heard o' me," the old man admitted, mildly.

  • I cannot even see the pavilion: it must be hereabouts, though,' said the God to himself.

    Ixion In Heaven Benjamin Disraeli
  • "Why, I just naturally was hereabouts," declared Hen evasively.

  • "No one hereabouts seems to think there's any danger of that sort," he said.

  • Is it true, what he says, that he's nor kith nor kin, hereabouts?

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • hereabouts the country is more populated and better cultivated.

British Dictionary definitions for hereabouts


in this region or neighbourhood; near this place
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Word Origin and History for hereabouts


"about this, with regard to this matter," c.1200, from here + about. Meaning "in the vicinity, near here" is from early 13c. Hereabouts is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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