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noun
  1. a cardinal number, five plus one.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 6 or VI.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
  4. a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with six pips.
  5. Cricket. a hit in which the ball crosses the boundary line of the field without a bounce, counting six runs for the batsman.Compare boundary(def 3).
  6. an automobile powered by a six-cylinder engine.
  7. a six-cylinder engine.
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adjective
  1. amounting to six in number.
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Idioms
  1. at sixes and sevens,
    1. in disorder or confusion.
    2. in disagreement or dispute.
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Origin of six

before 900; Middle English six, sex, Old English siex, syx, seox, sex; cognate with Dutch zes, Low German ses, German sechs, Old Norse sex, Gothic saihs, Latin sex, Greek héx, Sanskrit ṣaṣ
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Examples from the Web for sixer

Historical Examples

  • The Guesser was quite certain that he didn't look like a Sixer.

    But, I Don't Think

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • And since when Execs talk like Sixer when they out of they head?

    But, I Don't Think

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • I dunno why, for she had no protection that a sixer would not penetrate.

  • And so Scuddy's life went on, with occasional misfortunes in the way of a moon, or another drag, or perhaps a sixer.

    Tales of Mean Streets

    Arthur Morrison

  • Before long he had overtaken his fellow-“sixer,” and almost immediately drew up to our champion.

    Parkhurst Boys

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for sixer

sixer

noun
  1. a leader of a Brownie Guide or Cub Scout six
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six

noun
  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of five and oneSee also number (def. 1)
  2. a numeral, 6, VI, etc, representing this number
  3. something representing, represented by, or consisting of six units, such as a playing card with six symbols on it
  4. Also called: six o'clock six hours after noon or midnight
  5. Also called: sixer cricket
    1. a stroke in which the ball crosses the boundary without bouncing
    2. the six runs scored for such a stroke
  6. a division of a Brownie Guide or Cub Scout pack
  7. at sixes and sevens
    1. in disagreement
    2. in a state of confusion
  8. knock someone for six informal to upset or overwhelm someone completely; stun
  9. six of one and half a dozen of the other or six and two threes a situation in which the alternatives are considered equivalent
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determiner
    1. amounting to sixsix nations
    2. (as pronoun)set the table for six
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Related formsRelated prefixes: hexa-, sex-

Word Origin

Old English siex; related to Old Norse sex, Gothic saihs, Old High German sehs, Latin sex, Greek hex, Sanskrit sastha

Six

noun
  1. Les Six (le) a group of six young composers in France, who from about 1916 formed a temporary association as a result of interest in neoclassicism and in the music of Satie and the poetry of Cocteau. Its members were Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc, Georges Auric, Louis Durey, and Germaine Tailleferre
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sixer

six

n.

Old English siex, six, sex, from Proto-Germanic *sekhs (cf. Old Saxon and Danish seks, Old Norse, Swedish, and Old Frisian sex, Middle Dutch sesse, Dutch zes, Old High German sehs, German sechs, Gothic saihs), from PIE *s(w)eks (cf. Sanskrit sas, Avestan kshvash, Persian shash, Greek hex, Latin sex, Old Church Slavonic sesti, Polish szesc, Russian shesti, Lithuanian szeszi, Old Irish se, Welsh chwech).

Six-shooter, usually a revolver with six chambers, is first attested 1844; six-pack of beverage containers is from 1952, of abdominal muscles by 1995. Six of one and half-a-dozen of the other "little difference" is recorded from 1833. Six-figure in reference to hundreds of thousands (of dollars, etc.) is from 1840. Six feet under "dead" is from 1942.

Phrase at sixes and sevens originally was "hazarding all one's chances," first in Chaucer, perhaps from dicing (the original form was on six and seven); it could be a corruption of on cinque and sice, using the French names (which were common in Middle English) for the highest numbers on the dice. Meaning "at odds, in disagreement or confusion" is from 1785, perhaps via a notion of "left unsettled."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sixer

six

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