noun (used with a singular verb) British.
- five-year plan,
- fix someone's wagon,
- fix up,
Origin of fives
Origin of five
Examples from the Web for fives
When an armored truck convoy stops, the patrol leader will give the command “fives and twenty-fives” over the radio.'Fives and Twenty-Fives' Is Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone|Brian Castner|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This does not seem like a very natural packaging size; things usually come in fives and tens.
But more than once I was paid for my services with a handful of crinkled ones and fives.
More than once I was paid for my services with a handful of crinkled ones and fives.
Suppose there are the leaves in pairs, or in threes, or in fives, each bundle or group growing out of a single point on the twig.Trees Every Child Should Know|Julia Ellen Rogers
My fives cost me 122, and my threes 84: I had confidence, sir—the word explains every thing.
You would not have a boy prefer whist to fives, nor tobacco to toffee, nor Tolstoï to Charles Lever.Essays in Little|Andrew Lang
He hold t'ons and gallons; and I can not hold more as fives bottel!!
If he had had two fives, then, they say, perhaps he would have got in.Yiddish Tales|Various
- amounting to fivefive minutes; five nights
- (as pronoun)choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-
Word Origin for five
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.