fourletter word

four-letter word

[fawr-let-er, fohr-]
noun
1.
any of a number of short words, usually of four letters, considered offensive or vulgar because of their reference to excrement or sex.
2.
any word, typically of four letters, that represents something forbidden, disliked, or regarded with extreme distaste: In the dieter's vocabulary, “cake” is a four-letter word.

Origin:
1925–30

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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

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