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adjective four·square \ˈfȯr-ˈskwer\

Definition of foursquare

  1. 1 :  square

  2. 2 :  marked by boldness and conviction :  forthright <a foursquare hero>

foursquare

adverb

Examples of foursquare in a sentence

  1. her foursquare support for the proposal

  2. <it's no time to be foursquare if you're asked whether a certain outfit makes a person look fat>

Did You Know?

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."

14th Century

First Known Use of foursquare

14th century


FOURSQUARE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective four·square \ˈfȯr-ˈskwer\

Definition of foursquare for English Language Learners

  • : having a square shape

  • : strong and direct



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