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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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  • In conversation with him my mistress broached the subject as to my whereabouts.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • But how could they know of his whereabouts in this unknown country?

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Miss Georgie went to the window to make sure of the gentleman's whereabouts.

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  • Hence I went to call on Hellar, to ask of Zimmern's whereabouts.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Consequently, the further problem became the whereabouts of that bridge.

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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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