[ fahyvz ]

noun(used with a singular verb)British.
  1. a game resembling handball, played on a court having a front wall and two side walls.

Origin of fives

First recorded in 1630–40; five + -s3

Words Nearby fives Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fives in a sentence

  • He was starting to make his conquest backed by one twenty, three fives, four twos, and ninety cents in silver.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
  • The midribs are removed while green, and the leaves are rolled into bundles of convenient size, say by fives.

    Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
  • Only in field artillery, in the now famous "seventy-fives," could France claim any advantage.

  • Bugles sang cheerily; mules, linked in fives, were being zigzagged frowardly down to water.

  • He produced a wallet, from which he drew out five one-hundred-dollar bills and three fives.

    Ben's Nugget | Horatio, Jr. Alger

British Dictionary definitions for fives


/ (faɪvz) /

  1. (functioning as singular) a ball game similar to squash but played with bats or the hands

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