four

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English[edit]

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English numbers (edit)
40
 ←  3 4 5  → 
    Cardinal: four
    Ordinal: fourth
    Multiplier: quadruple, fourfold
    Distributive: quadruply
    Fractional: quarter, fourth

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English four, 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).

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Numeral[edit]

four

  1. 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 elements.

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  • 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: fo̱r
  • Pichinglis: fo
  • Pijin: foa
  • Saramaccan: fɔ́
  • Sranan Tongo: fo
  • Tok Pisin: foa
  • Torres Strait Creole: po

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Noun[edit]

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 in which the batsmen run four times between the wickets or, more often, a batsman hits a ball which bounces on the ground before passing over a boundary, 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) Four-man sweep racing shell, with or without a coxswain.
    1. The shell itself.
      The team bought a new four last season.
    2. The crew rowing in a four boat.
      Our four won both races.
    3. (colloquial) A regatta event for four boats.
      We got third place in the varsity four.
  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 terms[edit]

  • (numeral): rouf (back slang)

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Pages starting with “four”.

Playing cards in English · playing cards (layout · text)
40 Asso di picche.jpg 41 Due di picche.jpg 42 Tre di picche.jpg 43 Quattro di picche.jpg 44 Cinque di picche.jpg 45 Sei di picche.jpg 46 Sette di picche.jpg
ace deuce, two three four five six seven
47 Otto di picche.jpg 48 Nove di picche.jpg 49 Dieci di picche.jpg 50 J di picche.jpg 51 Q di picche.jpg 52 K di picche.jpg Jolly Nero.jpg
eight nine ten jack, knave queen king joker, jolly joker

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French forn, from Latin furnus, from Proto-Italic *fornos, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰr̥-nós, from *gʷʰer- (warm, hot).

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Noun[edit]

four m (plural fours)

  1. oven
  2. stove
  3. flop

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Istriot[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Adverb[edit]

four

  1. out, outside

Preposition[edit]

four

  1. out, outside

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English feōwer, ffom Proto-Germanic *fedwōr, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwóres.

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Middle English numbers (edit)
 ←  3 4 5  → 
    Cardinal: four
    Ordinal: ferthe

four

  1. four
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[1], published c. 1410, Apocalips 6:8, page 119r, column 1; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      ⁊ lo a pale hoꝛs .· and þe name was deþ to him þat ſat on hym and helle ſuede him / and power was ȝouen to him on foure partis of þe erþe .· to ſle with ſwerd / ⁊ wiþ hungur / ⁊ wiþ deþ / ⁊ wiþ beeſtis of þe erþe
      And lo! A pale horse, and the name was Death for who that sat on him, and hell trailed him. And power was given to him over four parts of the earth, to slay with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the earth's creatures.

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Norman[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French forn, from Latin furnus.

Noun[edit]

four m (plural fours)

  1. (Guernsey) oven

Walloon[edit]

Noun[edit]

four m (plural fours)

  1. hay