four

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

Etymology[edit]

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 fire), Russian четы́ре ‎(četýre), Sanskrit चतुर् ‎(catur).

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Numeral[edit]

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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  • Antigua and Barbuda Creole English: fuar, fua
  • Aukan: fo
  • Belize Kriol English: 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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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 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.

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Most common English words before 1923: feet · lay · along · #330: four · wish · gone · times

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin furnus.

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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

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin furnus.

Noun[edit]

four m ‎(plural fours)

  1. (Guernsey) oven