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[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.
Origin of whereabouts
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English wheraboutes, equivalent to Middle English wheraboute (see whereabout) + -s -s1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • More about color and atmosphere than location and whereabouts.
  • Jeon implored the reporters not to divulge his whereabouts to his parents, whom he had told he was traveling somewhere else.
  • One is a system that tracks the whereabouts of the audience's heads.
  • But few, if any, records exist from that time to detail that shroud's whereabouts.
  • It hasn't been seen since, and its whereabouts are unknown.
  • The family of the gardener occupies one wing of the house, but they declare they know nothing of their employer's whereabouts.
  • True cavers are a tight-knit group that do not readily share information about the whereabouts of holes in the ground.
  • His homeless clinic was alerted as to his whereabouts.
  • There whereabouts of the little dinosaur are still unknown.
  • What's really needed here is an easy way to obfuscate your whereabouts.
British Dictionary definitions for whereabouts


Also whereabout. at what approximate location or place; where: whereabouts are you?
(obsolete) about or concerning which
(functioning as singular or pl) 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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