- a game resembling handball, played on a court having a front wall and two side walls.
Origin of fives
- 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
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
August 25, 2014
This does not seem like a very natural packaging size; things usually come in fives and tens.The Incredible Shrinking Sugar Bag
November 15, 2012
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.
He used to be alive, you know—the Ockley who was keeper of the fives in my first half.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
From it he drew a wad of bills, fives and tens, and made another wad.The Paliser case
Muriel was among the first two fives to be called to the floor.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
Just count these twos and fives for me, dear; fifteen of each there should be.We Two
He had often read of their coming in groups of fives and sixes.The Story of Wool
Sara Ware Bassett
- (functioning as singular) a ball game similar to squash but played with bats or the hands
- 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 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.