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Definition of foursquare

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1 : square The benchlike frames have foursquare horizontal slats and either dowel-shaped or foursquare uprights.— Janet Malcom A magnificent foursquare house built by Col. Jonathan Hamilton on a promontory of the Salmon Falls River overlooking his wharves and warehouses.— John Deedy
2 : marked by boldness and conviction : forthright Disillusionment is used to give the antihero glamour and hipness, but then the movie wants him to be a foursquare hero with heart.— Pauline Kael … bassist Jeremy Toback and drummer Regan Hagar rarely stray from foursquare hard-rock propulsion.— Mark Coleman

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Definition of four square (Entry 2 of 2)

: a children's game for four players in which each player stands in a quadrant of a square court, the server strikes a large ball so that it bounces in the quadrant of another player, the receiving player strikes it to bounce in another quadrant, and so on, with players being eliminated for failing to hit and direct the ball properly At Grant Elementary School, I played four square with the children of immigrants from the Philippines, Czechoslovakia, Mexico, and Lebanon.— Héctor Tobar

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foursquare adverb
The A.M.A spoke for the great majority of doctors in the years preceding Medicare when it stood foursquare against anything that could even remotely be called socialized medicine. — Robert Sherrill

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Early English speakers liked to use foursquare to describe a rectangle with four equal sides, even though they could also say it was simply "square." They also used three-square to describe a triangle with equal sides, five-square for "having five equal sides," six-square as an alternative to "hexagonal," and eight-square for "octagonal." Eventually foursquare also developed a second sense, which is used to describe persons and things that stand out "squarely" and forthrightly. One can now speak of "foursquare citizens" and "a foursquare response." Foursquare can also be an adverb meaning "solidly" or "forthrightly."

Examples of foursquare in a Sentence

Adjective her foursquare support for the proposal it's no time to be foursquare if you're asked whether a certain outfit makes a person look fat
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The first structure was unusual enough to become a local attraction: a large foursquare house with a center hall and verandahs on all sides. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "New revelations tell why a socialist commune failed in Dallas. (Hint: it wasn’t the socialism)," 15 Apr. 2020 This is an earnest, foursquare, if extremely well-made, melodrama. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "The Plot Against America," 16 Mar. 2020 The foursquare drill is meant to hone pitchers’ reaction time fielding comebackers and making awkward throws. Henry Schulman,, "Giants pitchers go back to second grade to become A-grade fielders," 16 Feb. 2020 From today’s viewpoint, its most familiar American manifestations were possibly the comfortably foursquare domestic architecture and furnishing designs produced by Gustav Stickley in the early 20th century. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork’ Review: All That Glitters," 28 Nov. 2018 Oddly enough, these statements are foursquare at odds with these legislators’ voting records. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Pro-Jerusalem Dems Slam Trump for . . . Being Pro-Jerusalem," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of foursquare


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Foursquare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of foursquare

: having a square shape
formal : strong and direct

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