[ fawr, fohr ]
/ fɔr, foʊr /



amounting to four in number.


    on all fours. all fours(def 3).

Origin of four

before 1000; Middle English four, fower, Old English fēower; cognate with Old High German fior (German vier), Gothic fidwor; akin to Latin quattuor, Greek tésseres (Attic téttares)

Can be confused

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Examples from the Web for four

British Dictionary definitions for four


/ (fɔː) /



  1. amounting to fourfour thousand eggs; four times
  2. (as pronoun)four are ready

Related forms

Related prefixes: quadri-, tetra-

Word Origin for four

Old English fēower; related to Old Frisian fiūwer, Old Norse fjōrir, Old High German fior, Latin quattuor, Greek tessares, Sanskrit catur
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Idioms and Phrases with four


In addition to the idioms beginning with four

  • four corners of the earth, the

also see:

  • between you and me and (the four walls)
  • on all fours
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