[fawr-skwair, fohr-]


consisting of four corners and four right angles; square: a solid, foursquare building.
firm; steady; unswerving: He maintained a foursquare position in the controversy.
forthright; frank; blunt: a foursquare presentation of the company's financial condition.


without equivocation; frankly; forthrightly.


a square.

Origin of foursquare

First recorded in 1250–1300, foursquare is from the Middle English word fouresquare. See four, square
Related formsfour·square·ly, adverbfour·square·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foursquare

Contemporary Examples of foursquare

Historical Examples of foursquare

  • 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



squarely; firmly


solid and strong
forthright; honest
a rare word for square
Derived Formsfoursquarely, adverbfoursquareness, noun
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