[ hwair-uh-bouts, wair- ]
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  1. about where? where?

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

  1. (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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British Dictionary definitions for whereabouts


/ (ˈwɛərəˌbaʊts) /

  1. Also: whereabout at what approximate location or place; where: whereabouts are you?

  2. obsolete about or concerning which

  1. (functioning as singular or plural) the place, esp the approximate place, where a person or thing is

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