What does forty mean?

Definitions for forty
ˈfɔr tiforty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forty, 40, XLadjective

    the cardinal number that is the product of ten and four

  2. forty, 40, xl, twoscoreadjective

    being ten more than thirty


  1. fortynoun

    A 40 ounce bottle of beer.

  2. fortynumeral

    The cardinal number occurring after thirty-nine and before forty-one.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FORTYadjective

    Four times ten.

    Etymology: feowertig, Saxon.

    On fair ground I could beat forty of them. William Shakespeare, Coriol.

    He that upon levity quits his station, in hopes to be better, ’tis forty to one loses. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. forty

    40 (forty) is the natural number following 39 and preceding 41. Though the word is related to "four" (4), the spelling "forty" replaced "fourty" in the course of the 17th century and is now the standard form.


  1. forty

    Forty is the natural number that follows thirty-nine and precedes forty-one. It is an even number represented by "40" in Arabic numerals. It is often used in terms like “forty years old” or “forty percent.” It also has significance in various cultural, religious, and historical contexts around the world.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortyadjective

    four times ten; thirty-nine and one more

  2. Fortynoun

    the sum of four tens; forty units or objects

  3. Fortynoun

    a symbol expressing forty units; as, 40, or xl

  4. Etymology: [OE. forti, fourti, fowerti, AS. fewertig; fewer four + suff. -tig ten; akin to OS. fiwartig, fiartig, D. veertig, G. vierzig, Icel. fjrutu, Sw. fyratio, Dan. fyrretyve, Goth. fidwr tigjus. See Four, and Ten, and cf. Fourteen.]


  1. Forty

    Forty: Live Limited Edition is a live album released by Thomas Dolby in 2001. It was recorded at a gathering at his Half Moon Bay, Northern California, home celebrating his fortieth birthday, and at another private performance. It features backing musicians Brian Salter, Leslie Adams, and Caroline Lavelle. All seven songs originally appeared on previous albums: three from The Flat Earth, two from Aliens Ate My Buick, and one each from The Golden Age of Wireless and Astronauts and Heretics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forty

    for′ti, adj. and n. four times ten.—adj. For′tieth.—n. a fortieth part.—Forty winks, a short nap, esp. after dinner.—The Forty, the French Academy. [A.S. féowertigfeower, four, tig, ten.]

Suggested Resources

  1. Forty

    Forty vs. Fourty -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Forty and Fourty.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FORTY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Forty is ranked #66553 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Forty surname appeared 297 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Forty.

    60.6% or 180 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    36.3% or 108 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3566

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #278

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forty in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of forty in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Hagen:

    Forty-eight million people in the United States get sick every year from food poisoning. Forty-eight million, and 128,000 of them end up in the hospital, 30,000 of them will die from food borne illness each year in the United States. That's why this is worth talking about, raising awareness, and giving people the information they need to reduce the risk. Elizabeth Hagen listed three steps to keeping food safe : - Clean your hands, utensils and food surfaces before and after you cook - Separate raw meat and poultry from foods that wo n’t be cooked - Use a meat thermometer to cook to the proper temperature When you're eating outside the rule is two hours.

  2. Rui Li:

    Forty states mandated private insurance coverage for DSMT, but there are private plans that still do not cover it and many others that require a co-payment.

  3. Ted Cruz:

    There were 54,000 felons and fugitives who tried to illegally buy a firearm. Do you know how many of those the Obama administration prosecuted? Forty-four. Forty-four out of 54,000 were prosecuted.

  4. Stephen Collins:

    Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret, i have been working to atone for it ever since. I've decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist's or my knowledge or consent.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

    Every man over forty is a scoundrel.

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