or here·a·bouts



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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hereabouts

Historical Examples of hereabouts

  • Ye're as good as any hereabouts, and no call to hang your head.

    Indian and Scout

    F. S. Brereton

  • By this time no one will be watching for me hereabouts, as I am supposed to be in London.

    The Pagan's Cup

    Fergus Hume

  • Hereabouts are a few waterfalls, were it not for which the river would be navigable from its mouth to its source.

  • We stopped before a great oak; a beech tree was behind us—she said, ‘Dig, Lionel, hereabouts.’

    The World of Romance

    William Morris

  • Formans place is as good as any hereabouts, and its clear, and only three children to be divided among.

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