Meaning of WHEREABOUTS in English

I. ˈ ̷ ̷əˌbau̇ts, ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ adverb

also where·about -t

Etymology: whereabouts from Middle English wheraboutes, from Middle English wher aboute + -s, gen. singular noun ending functioning adverbially; whereabout from Middle English wher aboute, from wher where + aboute, about about — more at -s

1. : about where : near what place

to know at the outset whereabouts the line will be drawn — F.W.Maitland

2. obsolete : at what work : on what business or errand

I must not have you henceforth question me whither I go, nor reason whereabout — Shakespeare

II. noun plural but singular or plural in construction

( also whereabout )

: the place or general locality where a person or thing is

had for long been determined to discover the whereabout of the gold country — Times Literary Supplement

his whereabouts was known only to his personal staff — Fortune

his whereabouts are kept secret — Manchester Guardian Weekly

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