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40
 <  3 4 5  > 
    Cardinal : four
    Ordinal : fourth
    Multiplier : quadruple

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English fower, from Old English fēower, from Proto-Germanic *fedwōr, from previous pre-Grimm *petwṓr, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwṓr, the neuter form of *kʷetwóres. Cognate with German vier, Gothic 𐍆𐌹𐌳𐍅𐍉𐍂 (fidwōr), Ancient Greek τέσσαρες (téssares), Latin quattuor (French quatre, Portuguese quatro), Old Norse fjórir (Danish and Norwegian fire), Russian четы́ре (četýre), Sanskrit चतुर् (catur).

PronunciationEdit

NumeralEdit

four

  1. (cardinal) A numerical value equal to 4; the number after three and before five; two plus two. This many dots (••••)
    There are four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn.
  2. Describing a set or group with four components.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Antigua and Barbuda Creole English: fuar, fua
  • Aukan: fo
  • Belizean Creole: foa, foar
  • Bislama: fo
  • Cameroon Pidgin: fo̱
  • Grenadian Creole English: fo
  • Gullah: fo
  • Krio: fo
  • Kriol: fo
  • Nigerian Pidgin English: fo̱r
  • Pichinglis: fo
  • Pijin: foa
  • Saramaccan: fɔ́
  • Sranan Tongo: fo
  • Tok Pisin: foa
  • Torres Strait Creole: po

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NounEdit

four (countable and uncountable, plural fours)

  1. (countable) The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof.
  2. (countable) Anything measuring four units, as length.
    Do you have any more fours? I want to make this a little taller.
  3. A person who is four years old.
    I'll take the threes, fours and fives and go to the playground.
  4. (cricket, countable) An event whereby a batsman hits a ball which bounces on the ground before passing over a boundary in the air, resulting in an award of 4 runs for the batting team. If the ball does not bounce before passing over the boundary, a six is awarded instead.
  5. (basketball, countable) A power forward.
  6. (rowing) Quadruple sculls.
  7. (obsolete) A four-pennyworth of spirits.
    • 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, IV:
      I was a-strollin' down, thinkin' between ourselves how uncommon handy a four of gin hot would be, when suddenly the glint of a light caught my eye in the window of that same house.

Derived termsEdit

  • (numeral): rouf (back slang)

TranslationsEdit

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Look at pages starting with four.

Playing cards in English · playing cards (layout · text)
             
ace deuce, two three four five six seven
             
eight nine ten jack, knave queen king joker

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin furnus.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

four m (plural fours)

  1. oven
  2. stove
  3. flop

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IstriotEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin foris, foras. Compare Italian fuori, Friulian fûr, Dalmatian fure, Venetian fora.

AdverbEdit

four

  1. out, outside

PrepositionEdit

four

  1. out, outside

NormanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin furnus.

NounEdit

four m (plural fours)

  1. (Guernsey) oven