[ skawr, skohr ]
/ skɔr, skoʊr /

noun, plural scores, score for 11.

verb (used with object), scored, scor·ing.

verb (used without object), scored, scor·ing.


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Idioms for score

    pay off/settle a score, to avenge a wrong; retaliate: In the Old West they paid off a score with bullets.

Origin of score

before 1100; (noun) Middle English; late Old English scora, score (plural; singular *scoru) group of twenty (apparently orig. notch) < Old Norse skor notch; (v.) Middle English scoren to incise, mark with lines, tally debts < Old Norse skora to notch, count by tallies; later v. senses derivative of the noun; akin to shear

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British Dictionary definitions for score

/ (skɔː) /



Derived forms of score

scorer, noun

Word Origin for score

Old English scora; related to Old Norse skor notch, tally, twenty
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Idioms and Phrases with score


see box score; know the score; pay off (an old score); settle a score.

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