four-letter word


Definition of four-letter word

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Co-sign on that particular four-letter word that Elliot called Finn. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 17 May 2021 Rain is a four-letter word in the golf community — and not just in the literal sense. Dallas News, 9 May 2021 The 63-48 win was exhausting, drew sharp criticism from Alabama football alumni and made P-E-T-E a four-letter word in certain corners of the internet. Michael Casagrande |, al, 28 Dec. 2020 Justin Fields should be the equivalent of a four-letter word in the state of Georgia. Christopher Smith, al, 3 Nov. 2020 The four-letter word Snell uttered at the sight of his manager coming to get him was likely echoed from Sarasota to St. Pete and back. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2020 This episode uses a lot of my personal favorite four-letter word. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 19 Oct. 2020 Tom Martin, an investigator at the SFO, was fired over the 2016 bust up after allegedly calling his counterpart at the FBI a four-letter word as a dispute widened over how to handle a joint probe into Unaoil SA. Ellen Milligan,, 29 Sep. 2020 Apparently, the one remaining use of the dreaded four-letter word passed muster. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of four-letter word

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of four-letter word was in 1897

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“Four-letter word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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four-letter word


English Language Learners Definition of four-letter word

: 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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