[ hwair-uh-bouts, wair- ]
/ ˈʰwɛər əˌbaʊts, ˈwɛər- /


about where? where?


near or in what place: trying to find whereabouts in the world we were.


(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.

Nearby words

  1. where's,
  2. where's the beef?,
  3. where's the fire,
  4. where've,
  5. whereabout,
  6. whereafter,
  7. whereas,
  8. whereat,
  9. whereby,
  10. wherefore

Origin of whereabouts

1400–50; late Middle English wheraboutes, equivalent to Middle English wheraboute (see whereabout) + -s -s1

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British Dictionary definitions for whereabouts


/ (ˈwɛərəˌbaʊts) /


Also: whereabout at what approximate location or place; wherewhereabouts are you?
obsolete about or concerning which


(functioning as singular or plural) the place, esp the approximate place, where a person or thing is
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Word Origin and History for whereabouts



"in what place," mid-15c., from whereabout + adverbial genitive -s. The noun is recorded from 1795.

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