whereabouts
I. adverb also whereabout Etymology: Middle English wheraboutes (from wher aboute + -s, adverb suffix) & wher aboute, from where, wher where + about, aboute about — more at whence Date: 14th century about where ; near what place <
whereabouts is the house
>
II. conjunction also whereabout Date: 14th century 1. obsolete on what business or errand 2. near what place ; where <
know whereabouts he lives
>
III. noun plural but singular or plural in construction (also whereabout) Date: 1605 the place or general locality where a person or thing is <
their present whereabouts are a secret
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • whereabouts — noun. The plural form ousted the singular form whereabout in the 19c; when a verb follows it is more often in the plural than in the singular, but both constructions occur regardless of the number of people or things in question: (plural) • They… …   Modern English usage

  • whereabouts — [where′about′hwer′ə bouts′, wer′ə bouts′] adv. 1. near or at what place? where? 2. Obs. about or concerning which conj. [Now Rare] at, in, or near what place [the lost hikers wondered whereabouts the cabin was] n. [now usually with pl. v.] the… …   English World dictionary

  • whereabouts — index locality, scene Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • whereabouts — (adv.) in what place, mid 15c., from WHEREABOUT (Cf. whereabout) + adverbial gen. S (Cf. s). The noun is recorded from 1795 …   Etymology dictionary

  • whereabouts — ► ADVERB ▪ where or approximately where? ► NOUN (treated as sing. or pl. ) ▪ the place where someone or something is …   English terms dictionary

  • whereabouts — (Pronounced [[t](h)we͟ərəbaʊts[/t]] for meaning 1, and [[t](h)we͟ərəba͟ʊts[/t]] for meanings 2 and 3.) 1) N SING COLL: with poss If you refer to the whereabouts of a particular person or thing, you mean the place where that person or thing may be …   English dictionary

  • whereabouts — where|a|bouts1 [ werə,bauts, hwerə,bauts ] noun plural the place where someone or something is: can be followed by a singular or plural verb: someone s/something s whereabouts: The police have been investigating the group s whereabouts. the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whereabouts — I UK [ˈweərəˌbaʊts] / US [ˈwerəˌbaʊts] / US [ˈhwerəˌbaʊts] noun [plural] the place where someone or something is: can be followed by a singular or plural verb someone s/something s whereabouts: The police have been investigating the group s… …   English dictionary

  • whereabouts — This word can be an adverb (Whereabouts did you go?) and a noun. As a noun, it is formed from an adverb (where) and a preposition (about) with an s tied to the end. As a noun, whereabouts is singular and requires a singular verb unless it is made …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • whereabouts — where|a|bouts1 [ˌweərəˈbauts US ˈwerəbauts] adv spoken used to ask in what general area something or someone is ▪ Whereabouts do you live? whereabouts 2 where|a|bouts2 [ˈweərəbauts US ˈwer ] n [plural] the place or area where someone or something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whereabouts — 1 adverb spoken used to ask in what general area something or someone is: Whereabouts do you live? 2 noun (U) the place or area where someone or something is: sb s whereabouts: His family refused to reveal his whereabouts. | the whereabouts of:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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