- While on the contrary; although; whereas .
- At or in which place or situation .
- To which place or situation .
- Wherever .
- ( law ) In a position, case, etc., in which .
- every which where
- where it's at
- here- ( “this” )
- there- ( “that” )
- Where pron. & conj. [See Whether.] Whether. [Sometimes written whe'r.] [Obs.] Piers Plowman.
Men must enquire ( this is mine assent ),
Wher she be wise or sober or dronkelewe. Chaucer.
- Where adv. [OE. wher, whar, AS. hwr; akin to D. waar, OS. hwr, OHG. hwār, wār, wā, G. wo, Icel. and Sw. hvar, Dan. hvor, Goth. hwar, and E. who; cf. Skr. karhi when. √182. See Who, and cf. There.]
1. At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively.
God called unto Adam, . . . Where art thou? Gen. iii. 9.
☞ See the Note under What, pron., 1.
2. At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; -- used relatively.
She visited that place where first she was so happy. Sir P. Sidney.
Where I thought the remnant of mine age
Should have been cherished by her childlike duty. Shak.
Where one on his side fights, thousands will fly. Shak.
But where he rode one mile, the dwarf ran four. Sir W. Scott.
3. To what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or issue; whither; -- used interrogatively and relatively; as, where are you going?
But where does this tend? Goldsmith.
Lodged in sunny cleft,
Where the gold breezes come not. Bryant.
☞ Where is often used pronominally with or without a preposition, in elliptical sentences for a place in which, the place in which, or what place.
The star . . . stood over where the young child was. Matt. ii. 9.
The Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Matt. viii. 20.
Within about twenty paces of where we were. Goldsmith.
Where did the minstrels come from? Dickens.
☞ Where is much used in composition with preposition, and then is equivalent to a pronoun. Cf. Whereat, Whereby, Wherefore, Wherein, etc.
Where away ( Naut. ), in what direction; as, “where away is the land?”
Syn. -- See Whither.
- Where, conj. Whereas.
And flight and die is death destroying death;
Where fearing dying pays death servile breath. Shak.
- Where, n. Place; situation. [Obs. or Colloq.]
Finding the nymph asleep in secret where. Spenser.
From Middle English wher, quher, from Old English hwǣr ( “where”, literally “at what place” ), from Proto-Germanic *hwar ( “where” ), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷo- ( interrogative pronoun ). Cognate with Scots quhare ( “where” ), West Frisian wêr ( “where” ), Dutch waar ( “where” ), German wo ( “where” ), Danish hvor ( “where” ), Icelandic hvar ( “where” ); related to Old English hwā ( “who” ). More at who .
By Wiktionary ( 2009/03/12 14:39 UTC Version )
Definition of where by GCIDE Dictionary