- in or at what place?: Where is he? Where do you live?
- in what position or circumstances?: Where do you stand on this question? Without money, where are you?
- in what particular respect, way, etc.?: Where does this affect us?
- to what place, point, or end? whither?: Where are you going?
- from what source? whence?: Where did you get such a notion?
- in or at what place, part, point, etc.: Find where he is. Find where the trouble is.
- in or at the place, part, point, etc., in or at which: The book is where you left it.
- in a position, case, etc., in which: Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
- in any place, position, case, etc., in which; wherever: Use the ointment where pain is felt.
- to what or whatever place; to the place or any place to which: I will go where you go.
- in or at which place; and there: They came to the town, where they lodged for the night.
- what place?: Where did you come from?
- the place in which; point at which: This is where the boat docks. That was where the phone rang.
- a place; that place in which something is located or occurs: the wheres and hows of job hunting.
- where it's at, Slang. where the most exciting, prestigious, or profitable activity or circumstance is to be found.
Origin of where
- contraction of where is: Where's my belt?
- contraction of where has: Where's he been all night?
- contraction of where does: Where's he study law?
- in, at, or to what place, point, or position?where are you going?
- (used in indirect questions)I don't know where they are
- in, at, or to which (place)the hotel where we spent our honeymoon
- (subordinating) in the place at whichwhere we live it's always raining
- (usually plural) a question as to the position, direction, or destination of something
Word Origin for where
Old English hwær, hwar, from Proto-Germanic *khwar (cf. Old Saxon hwar, Old Norse hvar, Old Frisian hwer, Middle Dutch waer, Old High German hwar, German wo, Gothic hvar "where"), from PIE interrogative base *qwo- (see who).
In addition to the idioms beginning with where
- where do we go from here
- where it's at
- where one is coming from
- where one lives
- where there's a will, there's a way
- where there's smoke
- close to home (hit where one lives)
- fools rush in where angels fear to tread
- give credit (where credit is due)
- know where one stands
- let the chips fall where they may
- not know where to turn
- put one's money where one's mouth is
- take up where one left off
- tell someone where to get off
- this is where I came in