four-letter word


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four-let·ter word

(fôr′lĕt′ər)
n.
Any of several short English words generally regarded as vulgar or obscene.

four-letter word

n
any of several short English words referring to sex or excrement: often used as swearwords and regarded generally as offensive or obscene

four′-let`ter word′


n.
a short word, typically of four letters, widely regarded as being obscene or scatological.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.four-letter word - any of several short English words (often having 4 letters) generally regarded as obscene or offensive
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
Translations

four-letter word

[ˌfɔːletəˈwɜːd] Npalabrota f, taco m, grosería f

four-letter word

[ˈfɔːˌlɛtəˈwɜːd] nparolaccia
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