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foursquare

[fawr-skwair, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˈskwɛər, ˈfoʊr-/
adjective
1.
consisting of four corners and four right angles; square:
a solid, foursquare building.
2.
firm; steady; unswerving:
He maintained a foursquare position in the controversy.
3.
forthright; frank; blunt:
a foursquare presentation of the company's financial condition.
adverb
4.
without equivocation; frankly; forthrightly.
noun
5.
a square.
Origin of foursquare
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, foursquare is from the Middle English word fouresquare. See four, square
Related forms
foursquarely, adverb
foursquareness, noun
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  • Stately the grey towers also, foursquare for centuries to the winds of the Wash.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • foursquare, untapering, the great tower lifts its flanks of ruddy stone.

    In Morocco Edith Wharton
  • Not one of the battens is broken; and each one is foursquare perfectly.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • The threshold was foursquare, and the face of the sanctuary sight to sight.

  • The pilot-house, as you see, is a foursquare mass of iron, provided with no means of deflecting a ball.

    The Monitor and the Merrimac J. L. Worden et al.
British Dictionary definitions for foursquare

foursquare

/ˌfɔːˈskwɛə/
adverb
1.
squarely; firmly
adjective
2.
solid and strong
3.
forthright; honest
4.
a rare word for square
Derived Forms
foursquarely, adverb
foursquareness, noun
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