[hwair-uh-bouts, wair-]


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.

Origin of whereabouts

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

spot, place, site

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Contemporary Examples of whereabouts

Historical Examples of whereabouts

  • In conversation with him my mistress broached the subject as to my whereabouts.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • But how could they know of his whereabouts in this unknown country?

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Miss Georgie went to the window to make sure of the gentleman's whereabouts.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Hence I went to call on Hellar, to ask of Zimmern's whereabouts.

  • Consequently, the further problem became the whereabouts of that bridge.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for whereabouts



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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