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EtymologyEdit

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

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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.
  2. (archaic) Of which.

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Here-, there- and where- words
here hereabout hereabouts hereafter hereat herebefore hereby herefore herefrom herein hereinafter hereinbefore hereinto hereof hereon hereto heretofore hereunder hereunto hereupon herewith herewithal
there thereabout thereabouts thereafter thereagain thereagainst thereamong therearound thereas thereat therebefore therebeside thereby therefore therefrom therein thereinafter thereinbefore thereinto thereof thereon thereto theretofore thereunder thereunto thereupon therewith therewithal
where whereabout whereabouts whereafter whereagainst whereamong whereas whereat whereby wherefore wherefrom wherein whereinafter whereinbefore whereinto whereof whereon whereto wheretofore whereunder whereunto whereupon wherewith wherewithal

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