[fawr-skawr, fohr-skohr]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an archaic word for eighty
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Word Origin and History for fourscore

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

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