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whereabouts

[hwair-uh-bouts, wair-] /ˈʰwɛər əˌbaʊts, ˈwɛər-/
adverb
1.
about where? where?
conjunction
2.
near or in what place:
trying to find whereabouts in the world we were.
noun
3.
(used with a singular or plural verb) the place where a person or thing is; the locality of a person or thing:
no clue as to his whereabouts.
Origin of whereabouts
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English wheraboutes, equivalent to Middle English wheraboute (see whereabout) + -s -s1
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  • She did not know the way to Vallombrosa; she did not know the whereabouts of Rogero.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • I had a job to watch you and to discover if you knew the whereabouts of a certain person.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The whereabouts of the others are told in the single magic word that spells so much to all Europe—America!

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • They could not recognize any familiar landmarks to show them their whereabouts.

  • He was fond of hunting and fishing and would be gone often for a period of several days, no one knowing of his whereabouts.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
British Dictionary definitions for whereabouts

whereabouts

/ˈwɛərəˌbaʊts/
adverb
1.
Also whereabout. at what approximate location or place; where: whereabouts are you?
2.
(obsolete) about or concerning which
noun
3.
(functioning as singular or pl) the place, esp the approximate place, where a person or thing is
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Word Origin and History for whereabouts
adv.

"in what place," mid-15c., from whereabout + adverbial genitive -s. The noun is recorded from 1795.

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