six

[ siks ]
/ sɪks /

noun

adjective

amounting to six in number.

Idioms

    at sixes and sevens,
    1. in disorder or confusion.
    2. in disagreement or dispute.

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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British Dictionary definitions for at sixes and sevens (1 of 2)

six

/ (sɪks) /

noun

determiner

  1. amounting to sixsix nations
  2. (as pronoun)set the table for six
Related formsRelated prefixes: hexa-, sex-

Word Origin for six

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

British Dictionary definitions for at sixes and sevens (2 of 2)

Six

/ (French sis) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for at sixes and sevens

six


n.
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Culture definitions for at sixes and sevens

at sixes and sevens


In a state of confusion or disorder: “Trying to cram for this math test has me all at sixes and sevens.”

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Idioms and Phrases with at sixes and sevens (1 of 2)

at sixes and sevens


Confused, disorganized, disorderly, as in We've just moved in, and the office is still at sixes and sevens, or The new college admissions tests were poorly explained, leaving the students at sixes and sevens. This ancient term is thought to come from a game of dice in which throwing a six or seven had a particular significance. The name of the game has been lost, but most likely betting on such a throw was very risky, denoting disorder and confusion. [Late 1300s]

Idioms and Phrases with at sixes and sevens (2 of 2)

six


In addition to the idioms beginning with six

  • six feet under
  • six of one, half a dozen of the other

also see:

  • at sixes and sevens
  • deep six
  • Joe six-pack
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