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or there·a·bouts

[th air-uh-bout, th air-uh-bout]
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  1. about or near that place or time: last June or thereabout.
  2. about that number, amount, etc.
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Origin of thereabout

before 950; Middle English ther aboute, Old English thǣr abūtan. See there, about
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Related Words for thereabouts

publicly, mostly, largely, typically, ordinarily, commonly, roughly, customarily, widely, usually, normally, universally, broadly, about, almost, around, circa, relatively, thereabouts, altogether

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Historical Examples of thereabouts

  • It is not often that the heiress of a million or thereabouts is quite so readily disposed of.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • John was thoughtful for a minute or thereabouts, and then said Yes.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • But it should suffice for it to meet for one day annually or thereabouts.

  • Maybe he would, only he died somewheres in Californy 'long in '54 or thereabouts.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He was six feet tall, or thereabouts, and more than half as wide.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for thereabouts


US thereabout

  1. near that place, time, amount, etcfifty or thereabouts
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Word Origin and History for thereabouts


c.1400, from Old English þærabutan + adverbial genitive -es; see there + about.

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