[skawr, skohr]

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

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Examples from the Web for scoring

British Dictionary definitions for scoring



the act or practice of scoring
orchestrationSee orchestrate



an evaluative, usually numerical, record of a competitive game or match
the total number of points made by a side or individual in a game or match
the act of scoring, esp a point or points
the score informal the actual situation; the true factsto know the score
US and Canadian the result of a test or exam
a group or set of twentythree score years and ten
(usually plural foll by of) a great number; lotsI have scores of things to do
  1. the written or printed form of a composition in which the instrumental or vocal parts appear on separate staves vertically arranged on large pages (full score) or in a condensed version, usually for piano (short score) or voices and piano (vocal score)
  2. the incidental music for a film or play
  3. the songs, music, etc, for a stage or film musical
a mark or notch, esp one made in keeping a tally
an account of amounts due
an amount recorded as due
a reason or accountthe book was rejected on the score of length
a grievance
  1. a line marking a division or boundary
  2. (as modifier)score line
informal the victim of a theft or swindle
dancing notation indicating a dancer's moves
over the score informal excessive; unfair
settle a score or pay off a score
  1. to avenge a wrong
  2. to repay a debt


to gain (a point or points) in a game or contest
(tr) to make a total score ofto score twelve
to keep a record of the score (of)
(tr) to be worth (a certain amount) in a game
(tr) US and Canadian to evaluate (a test or exam) numerically; mark
(tr) to record by making notches in
to make (cuts, lines, etc) in or on
(intr) slang to obtain something desired, esp to purchase an illegal drug
(intr) slang (of a man) to be successful in seducing a person
  1. to set or arrange (a piece of music) for specific instruments or voices
  2. to write the music for (a film, play, etc)
to achieve (success or an advantage)your idea really scored with the boss
(tr) mainly US and Canadian to criticize harshly; berate
to accumulate or keep a record of (a debt)
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 scoring
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with scoring


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

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