[ skawr, skohr ]
/ skɔr, skoʊr /

noun, plural scores, score for 11.

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

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

Nearby words

  1. scorcher,
  2. scorching,
  3. scorchingly,
  4. scordatura,
  5. scordinema,
  6. score draw,
  7. score off,
  8. score out,
  9. scoreboard,
  10. scorecard


    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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for score


/ (skɔː) /



Derived Formsscorer, noun

Word Origin for score

Old English scora; related to Old Norse skor notch, tally, twenty

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Word Origin and History for score
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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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