score

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English score, skore, schore, from Old English scoru (notch; tally; score), from Old Norse skor, from Proto-Germanic *skurō (incision; tear; rift). Cognate with Icelandic skora, Swedish skåra, Danish skår. Related to shear. (For twenty: The mark on a tally made by drovers for every twenty beasts passing through a tollgate.)

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score (plural scores)

  1. The total number of goals, points, runs, etc. earned by a participant in a game.
    The player with the highest score is the winner.
  2. The number of points accrued by each of the participants in a game, expressed as a ratio or a series of numbers.
    The score is 8-1 even though it's not even half-time!
  3. The performance of an individual or group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol; a grade.
    The test scores for this class were high.
  4. Twenty, 20 (number).
    • 1863 November 19, Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, based on the signed "Bliss Copy"
      "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
    Some words have scores of meanings.
  5. A distance of twenty yards, in ancient archery and gunnery.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  6. A weight of twenty pounds.
  7. (music) The written form of a musical composition showing all instrumental and vocal parts below each other.
  8. (music) The music of a movie or play.
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
  9. Subject.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 245e.
      Well, although we haven't discussed the views of all those who make precise reckonings of being and not [being], we've done enough on that score.
  10. Account; reason; motive; sake; behalf.
    • (Can we date this quote by Hudibras and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      But left the trade, as many more / Have lately done on the same score.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      You act your kindness in Cydria's score.
  11. A notch or incision; especially, one that is made as a tally mark; hence, a mark, or line, made for the purpose of account.
  12. An account or reckoning; account of dues; bill; debt.
  13. (US, crime, slang) a criminal act, especially:
    1. A robbery.
      Let's pull a score!
    2. A bribe paid to a police officer.
    3. An illegal sale, especially of drugs.
      He made a big score.
    4. A prostitute's client.
  14. (US, vulgar, slang) A sexual conquest.

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Verb[edit]

score (third-person singular simple present scores, present participle scoring, simple past and past participle scored)

  1. (transitive) To cut a notch or a groove in a surface.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].
    The baker scored the cake so that the servers would know where to slice it.
  2. (intransitive) To record the tally of points for a game, a match, or an examination.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To obtain something desired.
    1. To earn points in a game.
      It is unusual for a team to score a hundred goals in one game.
      Pelé scores again!
      • 2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers”, in BBC Sport[2]:
        And White Hart Lane was stunned when Rovers scored just five minutes after the restart in front of their away following.
    2. To achieve (a score) in e.g. a test.
      • 2004, Diane McGuinness, Early reading instruction: what science really tells us about how to teach reading
        At the end of first grade, the children scored 80 percent correct on this test, a value that remained unchanged through third grade.
    3. (slang) To acquire or gain.
      • 1971, “Sister Morphine”, in Sticky Fingers, performed by The Rolling Stones:
        What am I doing in this place? / Why does the doctor have no face? / Oh, I can't crawl across the floor / Ah, can't you see, Sister Morphine, I'm trying to score
      • 1975, Andy Mackay & Bryan Ferry (lyrics and music), “Love Is the Drug”, performed by Roxy Music:
        I jump up, bubble up, what's in store? / Love is the drug and I need to score
      I scored some drugs last night.
      Did you score tickets for the concert?
    4. (US, crime, slang, of a police officer) To extract a bribe.
    5. (vulgar, slang) To obtain a sexual favor.
      Chris finally scored with Pat last week.
  4. (transitive) To provide (a film, etc.) with a musical score.
    • 1974, New York Magazine (volume 7, number 45, page 98)
      Godfather II is nothing like ready. It is not yet scored, and thus not mixed. There remain additional shooting, looping, editing.

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score!

  1. (US, slang) Acknowledgement of success

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References[edit]

  • Tom Dalzell, The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English, 2008, page 846

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English score.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /skoːrə/, [ˈsɡ̊oːɐ]

Noun[edit]

score c (singular definite scoren, plural indefinite scorer)

  1. A score, a number of points earned.

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Verb[edit]

score

  1. score a goal/point
  2. land (to acquire; to secure)
  3. (slang) steal
  4. persuade (someone) to have sex with oneself [from 1959]

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English score.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈskoː.rə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: sco‧re

Noun[edit]

score m (plural scores, diminutive scoretje n)

  1. score (number of points earned)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English score.

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Noun[edit]

score m (plural scores)

  1. score (in a sport, game)

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via English score, from Old Norse skor. Related to Old Norse skera (modern Norwegian Bokmål skjære).

Noun[edit]

score m (definite singular scoren, indefinite plural scorer, definite plural scorene)

  1. a score

Verb[edit]

score (imperative scor, present tense scorer, passive scores, simple past and past participle scora or scoret, present participle scorende)

  1. to score (earn points in a game)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English score

Noun[edit]

score m (definite singular scoren, indefinite plural scorar, definite plural scorane)

  1. a score

Verb[edit]

score (present tense scorar, past tense scora, past participle scora, passive infinitive scorast, present participle scorande, imperative scor)

  1. to score (earn points in a game)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English score.

Noun[edit]

score m (plural scores)

  1. score (in sports)