four–letter word

noun

Definition of four–letter word

  1. :  any of a group of vulgar or obscene words typically made up of four letters; broadly :  a taboo word or topic tax is a four-letter word to him

1897

First Known Use of four–letter word

1897


FOUR–LETTER WORD Defined for English Language Learners

four–letter word

noun

Definition of four–letter word for English Language Learners

  • : an offensive word and especially an offensive word that has four letters

  • : a word, subject, or idea that is disliked by some people


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