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[fawr-skawr, fohr-skohr]
  1. four times twenty; eighty.
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Origin of fourscore

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at four, score
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Examples from the Web for fourscore

Historical Examples of fourscore

  • Just imagine; and that, too, at fourscore and ten years of age.

    The Imaginary Invalid


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fourscore


  1. 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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