Origin of fiver
Origin of five
Examples from the Web for fiver
Historical Examples of 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
- amounting to fivefive minutes; five nights
- (as pronoun)choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-
Word Origin for five
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.
see take five.