- 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
Related Words for fiverquintuple, cinquefoil, pentangle, pentagram, lustrum, cinque, quinquennium, pentacle, quintuplet, pentagon, limerick, pentad, pentamerous, quinary, quinate, quinquennial, quincunx, quintuplicate
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
- (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 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.