: of, relating to, or being four-letter words

Examples of four-letter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reading lips is not dependable, as Oscar followers discovered earlier year when lip readers erroneously insisted that best actress winner Emma Stone referred to show host Jimmy Kimmel by a four-letter word. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 1 May 2024 Brandon Huntley-Hatfield unleashed his frustration on a basketball, spiking it off the court to himself during a stoppage of play and shouting one of the four-letter words that were flying around the Louisville bench Saturday while the Cardinals floundered against Virginia. The Courier-Journal, 27 Jan. 2024 Signature stalwart Erin Weaver, cast as a male soldier named King who becomes Jones’s spotter, deserves another Helen Hayes Award for her innumerable phonetic variations on a particular four-letter word. Chris Klimek, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 What also may be determined, after all these years, is whether DROP is still a four-letter word in San Diego. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 Attaching a 702 amendment to any stopgap spending bill at this hour, however, could serve as a poison pill, eliciting stiff opposition from House Republicans—such as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan—for whom FISA remains a four-letter word. WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 For example, even though The Good Fight was a spinoff of CBS’s The Good Wife, its creators wanted to make a program whose content wasn’t compatible with broadcast standards (think regular usage of four-letter words) and that aimed higher than the typical Eye procedural drama. Vulture, 19 Oct. 2023 The answer to this week’s crossword contest is a four-letter part of the body. WSJ, 5 Oct. 2023 Mold is an ugly four-letter word that is found too often in bathrooms. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of four-letter was in 1897

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“Four-letter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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