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[hahy-fahyv] /ˈhaɪˈfaɪv/
a gesture of greeting, good-fellowship, or triumph in which one person slaps the upraised palm of the hand against that of another. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for high five


a gesture of greeting or congratulation in which two people slap raised right palms together
to greet or congratulate (a person) in this way
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Word Origin and History for high five


originally U.S. basketball slang, 1980 as a noun, 1981 as a verb, though the greeting itself seems to be older (e.g. Dick Shawn in "The Producers," 1968). In reference to the five fingers of the hand.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for high five

high five

noun phrase

A way of greeting or congratulating by slapping raised palms together •Chiefly used by and adopted from athletes, who themselves adopted the style from black colleagues: handshaking, even a few high-fives from the younger alums

verb phrase

GIVE someone FIVE: Roberts is not the kind to engage in trash-talking or high-fiving

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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