- a five-dollar bill.
- British. a five-pound note.
Origin of fiver
- a cardinal number, four plus one.
- a symbol for this number, as 5 or V.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with five pips.
- Informal. a five-dollar bill: Can you give me two fives for a ten?
- amounting to five in number.
- take five, Informal. to take a brief respite.
Origin of five
Examples from the Web for fiver
Ill go a fiver that it has something to do with that Heathcote matter.
You can have any bullock you like—the biggest in the lot—for a fiver—but, cash down.Chinkie's Flat and Other Stories
“Certainly,” says he, and drops a fiver into it before he passes it over.Odd Numbers
I'll bet a fiver that beyond that you know nothing about it.The Prime Minister
So that if a chestnut was a fiver, and it beat a tenner, it became at one leap a fifteener.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys
- (in Britain) a five-pound note
- (in the US) a five-dollar bill
- the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
- a numeral, 5, V, etc, representing this number
- the amount or quantity that is one greater than four
- something representing, represented by, or consisting of five units, such as a playing card with five symbols on it
- amounting to fivefive minutes; five nights
- (as pronoun)choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-
Word Origin and History for fiver
1843, "five-pound note," from five + -er.
Old English fif, from Proto-Germanic *fimfe (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon fif, Dutch vijf, Old Norse fimm, Old High German funf, Gothic fimf), from PIE *penkwe- (cf. Sanskrit panca, Greek pente, Latin quinque, Old Church Slavonic peti, Lithuanian penke, Old Welsh pimp). The sound shift that removed the *-m- is a regular development involving Old English, Old Frisian, and Old Saxon (cf. thought, from stem of think; couth from *kunthaz; us from *uns.
Slang five-finger discount "theft" is from 1966. Five o'clock shadow attested by 1937. The original five-year plan was 1928 in the U.S.S.R.
Idioms and Phrases with fiver
see take five.