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

Examples of four-letter word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During Sunday's Game 4 loss at Smoothie King Center, a very large percentage of the sellout crowd of 18,962 repeatedly shouted ''F Jae Crowder'' (though using the full four-letter word). Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 28 Apr. 2022 Name another that didn’t treat access as a four-letter word. Tom Noie, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2022 Spending is a four-letter word today, so keep your wallet shut tight. Tarot Astrologers,, 15 Mar. 2022 In adventure and disability circles alike, help is a four-letter word. Christian Mcmahon, Outside Online, 18 June 2021 Socializing might have felt like a four-letter word ever since foggy Neptune turned retrograde in Pisces and your 11th House of Community earlier this year. Tarot Astrologers,, 1 Dec. 2021 The biggest question for Cathedral Catholic going into its Open Division semifinal playoff game against Mission Hills centered around a four-letter word: rust. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2021 The Aztecs have had less success there than anyone else on the list — 4-29 all-time in the 4,700 feet of Provo, Utah — but it’s also BYU, three letters that are a four-letter word to most Aztecs fans. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2021 The answer to this week’s contest crossword is a four-letter word. WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

19 May 2022

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“Four-letter word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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