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[fawr-skawr, fohr-skohr] /ˈfɔrˈskɔr, ˈfoʊrˈskoʊr/
four times twenty; eighty.
Origin of fourscore
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at four, score Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Just imagine; and that, too, at fourscore and ten years of age.

  • Each of the others should have fourscore silver pennies for his shooting.

  • He enjoyed a strong, robust, and vigorous health; to the age of fourscore.

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
  • I am an old man now; the burden of fourscore years is resting upon me.

    The Centurion's Story David James Burrell
  • St. Maws is garrisoned by an able-bodied person of fourscore, a widower.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • It is something to have climbed the white summit, the Mont Blanc of fourscore.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • But I have grown strong and hearty, and no doubt I shall come to fourscore.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • She greeted us with Gipsy courtesy, and told us she was ‘fourscore and six years of age.’

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • I could not make less than fourscore bows, of which about twenty might be to Whigs.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Their course lay up the river of May, more than fourscore leagues.

    The Lily and the Totem William Gilmore Simms
British Dictionary definitions for fourscore


an archaic word for eighty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fourscore

"eighty," mid-13c., "formerly current as an ordinary numeral" [OED], from four + score (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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