fourscore

[fawr-skawr, fohr-skohr]
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adjective

four times twenty; eighty.

Nearby words

  1. fourpenny,
  2. fourplay,
  3. fourplex,
  4. fourposter,
  5. fourragère,
  6. foursome,
  7. foursquare,
  8. foursquarely,
  9. fourteen,
  10. fourteen points

Origin of fourscore

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at four, score

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British Dictionary definitions for fourscore

fourscore

determiner

an archaic word for eighty
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Word Origin and History for fourscore

fourscore

n.

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

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