fower

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From fow.

Noun[edit]

fower (plural fowers)

  1. (Early Modern English, obsolete) One who cleans (fows), as in cooking utensils or house maintenance.

Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English fower, from Old English fēower. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, the two-syllable pronunciation avoids confusion with other digits.

Numeral[edit]

fower

  1. (Tyneside) four

Noun[edit]

fower (uncountable)

  1. The digit 4 in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

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

fower

  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.

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: four
  • Scots: fower
  • Yola: vour, voure

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [fʌur], [ˈfʌuər]
  • (Southwestern Scotland) IPA(key): [fuwr]

Numeral[edit]

cardinal number
4 Previous: three
Next: five

fower

  1. four

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