- a gesture of greeting, good-fellowship, or triumph in which one person slaps the upraised palm of the hand against that of another.
Examples from the Web for high-five
When we nodded, she broke into a wide grin, gestured with two thumbs up, and finished off with a high-five.Going Back to Vietnam Is Sometimes Amusing, Often Fraught, and Always Surreal
March 9, 2014
A guy in a classic Chevy Impala stops to high-five people passing him.Decentralized Dance Parties: Raves’ Next Wave
February 3, 2012
(Roaring with delight and giving me a high-five) That will be my new quote.Kathleen Turner's New Broadway High
April 17, 2011
Games of solo, high-five, and piute went on without him and in heated arguments no one any longer asked his views.The Man from the Bitter Roots
- a gesture of greeting or congratulation in which two people slap raised right palms together
- to greet or congratulate (a person) in this way
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.