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noun (used with a singular verb) British.
  1. a game resembling handball, played on a court having a front wall and two side walls.

Origin of fives

First recorded in 1630–40; five + -s3

five

[fahyv]
noun
  1. a cardinal number, four plus one.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 5 or V.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
  4. a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with five pips.
  5. Informal. a five-dollar bill: Can you give me two fives for a ten?
adjective
  1. amounting to five in number.
Idioms
  1. take five, Informal. to take a brief respite.

Origin of five

before 1000; 1925–30 for def 7; Middle English; Old English fīf; cognate with Dutch vijf, German fünf, Old Norse fimm, Gothic fimf, Latin quīnque, Greek pénte, Sanskrit pancha
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Examples from the Web for fives

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  • He used to be alive, you know—the Ockley who was keeper of the fives in my first half.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • From it he drew a wad of bills, fives and tens, and made another wad.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Muriel was among the first two fives to be called to the floor.

  • Just count these twos and fives for me, dear; fifteen of each there should be.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • He had often read of their coming in groups of fives and sixes.

    The Story of Wool

    Sara Ware Bassett


British Dictionary definitions for fives

fives

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) a ball game similar to squash but played with bats or the hands

five

noun
  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
  2. a numeral, 5, V, etc, representing this number
  3. the amount or quantity that is one greater than four
  4. something representing, represented by, or consisting of five units, such as a playing card with five symbols on it
determiner
    1. amounting to fivefive minutes; five nights
    2. (as pronoun)choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-
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Word Origin

Old English fīf; related to Old Norse fimm, Gothic fimf, Old High German finf, Latin quinque, Greek pente, Sanskrit pañca
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Word Origin and History for fives

five

n.

Old English fif, from Proto-Germanic *fimfe (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon fif, Dutch vijf, Old Norse fimm, Old High German funf, Gothic fimf), from PIE *penkwe- (cf. Sanskrit panca, Greek pente, Latin quinque, Old Church Slavonic peti, Lithuanian penke, Old Welsh pimp). The sound shift that removed the *-m- is a regular development involving Old English, Old Frisian, and Old Saxon (cf. thought, from stem of think; couth from *kunthaz; us from *uns.

Slang five-finger discount "theft" is from 1966. Five o'clock shadow attested by 1937. The original five-year plan was 1928 in the U.S.S.R.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fives

fives

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