[hwair-bahy, wair-]
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Origin of whereby

First recorded in 1150–1200, whereby is from the Middle English word wherby. See where, by1
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  1. by or because of whichthe means whereby he took his life
  1. archaic how? by what means?whereby does he recognize me?
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Word Origin and History for whereby

c.1200, from where + by.

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