What does the word fourscore mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Eighty.

Usage examples for fourscore

  1. Godwin, in order to appease the king, made him a magnificent present of a galley with a gilt stern, rowed by fourscore men, who bore each of them a gold bracelet on his arm, weighing sixteen ounces, and were armed and clothed in the most sumptuous manner. – The History of England, Volume I by David Hume
  2. The same train that brought her home to Lagonda Ledge, brought a letter to Professor Vincent Burgess, A. B. The letter heading bore as many of Dr. Joshua Wream's titles as space would permit, but the cramped, old- fashioned handwriting belonged to a man of more than fourscore years, and it was signed just " J. R." Burgess read this letter many times that night after he returned from dinner at the Fenneben home. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
  3. He who struck those notes strikes now another; and as we listen our wonder grows, and cannot help but grow, that a bard of fourscore and upward should write in such absolute sympathy with youth, love, hope, happiness, and all that is free and wandering and martial and active in the vicissitudes of adventure, the exploits of chivalry, and the vagabondish spirit of gypsy frolic. – Shadows of the Stage by William Winter