noun (used with a singular verb) British.
Definition for fives (2 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for fives (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for fives (2 of 2)
- amounting to fivefive minutes; five nights
- (as pronoun)choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-
Word Origin for five
Word Origin and History for fives
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 fives
see take five.