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sixty

[siks-tee] /ˈsɪks ti/
noun, plural sixties.
1.
a cardinal number, ten times six.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 60 or LX.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
sixties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 60 through 69, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or noting degrees of temperature:
Her grandfather is in his late sixties. The temperature is in the low sixties.
adjective
5.
amounting to 60 in number.
Idioms
6.
like sixty, Informal. with great speed, ease, energy, or zest:
Everyone was working like sixty to finish up before the holidays.
Origin of sixty
900
before 900; Middle English (adj. and noun), Old English sixtig (adj.); cognate with Dutch zestig, German sechzig, Old Norse sextigir. See six, -ty1
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  • In the garnering of the red harvest did our men and women of the sixties maintain themselves with a proper decorum?

    The Broken Sword Dennison Worthington
  • The respect for the sixties was an article of faith, a dogma of dogmas in the Nineties.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Pauline Bradford Mackie's new novel deals with Washington official society in the early sixties.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Other continental railroads were authorized in the later sixties.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • Evidently in the sixties it had a more constant flow, usually with clear water.

British Dictionary definitions for sixties

sixty

/ˈsɪkstɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and six See also number (sense 1)
2.
a numeral, 60, LX, etc, representing sixty
3.
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 60 units
determiner
4.
  1. amounting to sixty: sixty soldiers
  2. (as pronoun): sixty are dead
Word Origin
Old English sixtig
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Word Origin and History for sixties
n.

1848 as the years of someone's life between 60 and 69; 1827 as the seventh decade of years in a given century. See sixty.

sixty

Old English sixtig, from siex (see six) + -tig (see -ty (1)). Cf. Old Norse sextugr, sextögr, sextigir, Old Frisian sextich, Middle Dutch sestig, Dutch zestig, Old High German sehszug, German sechzig. Phrase sixty-four dollar question is 1942, from radio quiz show where that was the top prize.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sixties

sixty

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like sixty

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