fower

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English fowere, foware, fowar; equivalent to fow +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

fower (plural fowers)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English four, fower, from Old English fēower.

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

fower

  1. (Tyneside) four

Noun[edit]

fower (uncountable)

  1. The digit 4 in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

Usage notes[edit]

In the NATO phonetic alphabet, the two-syllable pronunciation avoids confusion with other digits. The spelling, however, remains four.

Middle English[edit]

Numeral[edit]

fower

  1. Alternative form of four

Scots[edit]

Scots cardinal numbers
 <  3 4 5  > 
    Cardinal : fower

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]

fower

  1. four

Derived terms[edit]