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four-letter word Syllabification: four-let·ter word
Pronunciation: /ˈfôr ˌledər ˈˌwərd/

Definition of four-letter word in English:


Any of several short words referring to sexual or excretory functions, regarded as coarse or offensive.
Example sentences
  • It all comes down to an obscene four-letter word.
  • However, Barbara is absolutely correct in summarizing the natural selection theories of Charles Darwin (whose name has become somewhat of a four-letter word in some circles) as inarguable.
  • I uttered a four-letter word and continued thrashing along, sweating like a pig and gasping.
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