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Origin of hereabout

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at here, about Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for hereabouts

Historical Examples of hereabouts

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for hereabouts



  1. 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