eighty vs fourscore what difference

what is difference between eighty and fourscore

English

Etymology

From Middle English eiȝti, eyȝty, eiȝtety, aghty, from Old English hundeahtatiġ, from Proto-Germanic *ahtōutēhundą (eighty), equivalent to eight +‎ -ty. Cognate with Scots hechty, auchty (eighty), Saterland Frisian tachentich (eighty), West Frisian tachtich (eighty), Dutch tachtig (eighty), German Low German tachentig (eighty), German achtzig (eighty), Swedish åttio (eighty), Norwegian åtti (eighty), Icelandic áttatíu (eighty).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: āʹti, IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.ti/
  • (US) IPA(key): [ˈ(ʔ)eɪ̯ɾi]
  • Rhymes: -eɪti

Numeral

eighty

  1. The cardinal number occurring after seventy-nine and before eighty-one, represented in Roman numerals as LXXX and in Arabic numerals as 80.

Related terms

  • eight
  • eighteen

Translations

See also

  • Last: seventy-nine, seventy
  • Next: eighty-one, ninety


English

Etymology

From four +‎ score.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːskɔː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹskɔɹ/

Numeral

fourscore

  1. (now archaic) Eighty.
    • 1914, Saki, ‘The Cobweb’, Beasts and Superbeasts:
      Old Martha was standing at a table trussing a pair of chickens for the market stall as she had trussed them for nearly fourscore years.
  2. (idiomatic) A full-length life, reckoned as eighty years.
    Synonym: (dated, of biblical origin) three score and ten

Translations

See also

  • twoscore

Noun

fourscore (plural fourscores)

  1. A quantity or amount of eighty.
    • 1922, James Edward Carruthers, Memories of an Australian Ministry, 1868 to 1921 (page 125)
      W. J. Davis, a retired missionary, a veteran in the fourscores of his years.

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