noun, plural eight·ies.
Examples from the Web for eighties
The archaeologist Sarah Nelson is in her eighties, and she would go dig in China this minute if she could get grant money.
The images tend to be followed by an equally non-contextual eighties reference and nothing more is said.
Its eighties music is so cheesy and the struggle is so real.
The novel might be a metafiction in the style of John Barth, who has also in his eighties been influenced by cognitive science.
Back in the eighties, no one knew about a hot glue gun except display people.
A similar scheme was advocated in yet more serious earnest by M. Hermite in the early eighties.The Dominion of the Air|J. M. Bacon
From the year 1849 till his death in the Eighties, Laube, as is well known, devoted all his powers to the theatre.
The game of billiards proceeded, and Henry caught his uncle in the eighties and ran out with an unfinished fifteen.The Grey Room|Eden Phillpotts
Jay Gould had begun the consolidation in the eighties and Harriman continued it after the panic of 1893.The New Nation|Frederic L. Paxson
Back in the eighties, a party was given at number 1518 one night for the young niece of two maiden ladies whose home it then was.A Portrait of Old George Town|Grace Dunlop Ecker
British Dictionary definitions for eighties
noun plural -ies
- amounting to eightyeighty pages of nonsense
- (as pronoun)eighty are expected