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EtymologyEdit

From where +‎ of. Compare the parallel formations of Swedish varav and Dutch waarvan.

PronunciationEdit

ConjunctionEdit

whereof

  1. (formal) Of what.
  2. (formal) Of which.
  3. (formal) Of whom.
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 547:
      Now one day of the days, [] the Sultan cast his eyes upon her as she stood before him, and said to his Grand Wazir, "This be the very woman whereof I spake to thee yesterday, so do thou straightway bring her before me, that I may see what be her suit and fulfil her need."
  4. (archaic) With or by which.

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AdverbEdit

whereof (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Of what.
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act I scene i[1]:
      In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.
      It wearies me; you say it wearies you;
      But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,
      What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born,
      I am to learn;
      And such a wantwit sadness makes of me,
      That I have much ado to know myself.
    • 1922, Ludwig Wittgenstein, trans. C. K. Ogden, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, proposition 7:
      Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
  2. (archaic) Of which.

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See alsoEdit

Here-, there-, and where- words

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