four vs foursome what difference

what is difference between four and foursome

Translingual

Etymology

From English four

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfo.ə] [sic]

Numeral

four

  1. Code word for the digit 4 in the NATO/ICAO spelling alphabet

Synonyms

ITU/IMO code word kartefour

References


English

Etymology

From Middle English four, from Old English fēower, from Proto-West Germanic *feuwar, from Proto-Germanic *fedwōr, from previous pre-Grimm *petwṓr, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwṓr, the neuter form of *kʷetwóres. Doublet of cuatro and quatre.

Pronunciation

  • (UK)
    • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: , IPA(key): /fɔː/
    • (Scotland) IPA(key): /fo(ː)ɹ/
  • (US)
    • (General American) enPR: fôr, IPA(key): /fɔɹ/
    • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) enPR: fōr, IPA(key): /fo(ː)ɹ/
    • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /foə/
    • (without horsehoarse merger)
    • (with horsehoarse merger)
  • (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /foː/
  • Rhymes: -əʊə(r), -ɔː(ɹ)
  • Homophones: fore, for (accents with the horsehoarse merger)

Numeral

four

  1. 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.
    • Venters began to count them—one—two—three—four—on up to sixteen.
  2. Describing a set or group with four elements.

Derived terms

Related terms

  • fourth

Descendants

Translations

See also

  • Table of cardinal numbers 0 to 9 in various languages
  • Last: three, 3
  • Next: five, 5

Noun

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 in which the batsmen run four times between the wickets or, more often, a batsman hits a ball which bounces on the ground before passing over a boundary, 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) Four-man sweep racing shell, with or without a coxswain.
    1. The shell itself.
    2. The crew rowing in a four boat.
    3. (colloquial) A regatta event for four boats.
  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.

Derived terms

  • (numeral): rouf (back slang)

Translations

See also

Pages starting with “four”.

Anagrams

  • Rufo, furo, rouf, rufo-, uORF

French

Etymology

From Old French forn, from Latin furnus, from Proto-Italic *fornos, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰr̥-nós, from *gʷʰer- (warm, hot).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fuʁ/
  • Rhymes: -uʁ

Noun

four m (plural fours)

  1. oven
  2. stove
  3. flop

Derived terms

  • au four
  • avoir une brioche au four
  • enfourner
  • être au four et au moulin
  • faire un four
  • four à micro-ondes
  • gant de four
  • noir comme dans un four
  • petit four

Related terms

  • fournaise
  • fourneau

Further reading

  • “four” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Istriot

Etymology

From Latin foris, foras. Compare Italian fuori, Friulian fûr, Dalmatian fure, Venetian fora.

Adverb

four

  1. out, outside

Preposition

four

  1. out, outside

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • fore, feour, fower, fowwre, foure, fowr, vour

Etymology

From Old English feōwer

Pronunciation

  • (Early ME) IPA(key): /ˈføːwər/
  • IPA(key): /fɔu̯r/

Numeral

four

  1. four

Related terms

  • ferthe
  • fourtene
  • fourty

Descendants

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

References

  • “four, num.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.

Norman

Alternative forms

  • fou (Jersey)

Etymology

From Old French forn, from Latin furnus.

Noun

four m (plural fours)

  1. (Guernsey) oven

Walloon

Noun

four m (plural fours)

  1. hay


English

Etymology

four +‎ -some

Pronunciation

Rhymes: awesome (in non-rhotic accents)

Noun

foursome (plural foursomes)

  1. A group of four, a quartet or a game (such as golf) played by four players, especially by two teams of two.
  2. A sex act between four people.

Synonyms

  • (group of four): quaternion, tetrad; see also Thesaurus:quartet
  • (sex act): fourgie

Derived terms

  • foursome reel

Translations

See also

  • threesome

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