- a gesture of greeting, good-fellowship, or triumph in which one person slaps the upraised palm of the hand against that of another.
Related Wordsattend, acknowledge, receive, stop, hail, accost, embrace, address, meet, approach, salute, shoulder, nod, recognize, bow, herald, flag, salaam, curtsy, compliment
Examples from the Web for high-five
When we nodded, she broke into a wide grin, gestured with two thumbs up, and finished off with a high-five.Going Back to Vietnam Is Sometimes Amusing, Often Fraught, and Always Surreal
March 9, 2014
A guy in a classic Chevy Impala stops to high-five people passing him.Decentralized Dance Parties: Raves’ Next Wave
February 3, 2012
(Roaring with delight and giving me a high-five) That will be my new quote.Kathleen Turner's New Broadway High
April 17, 2011
Games of solo, high-five, and piute went on without him and in heated arguments no one any longer asked his views.The Man from the Bitter Roots
- a gesture of greeting or congratulation in which two people slap raised right palms together
- to greet or congratulate (a person) in this way
Word Origin and History for high-five
originally U.S. basketball slang, 1980 as a noun, 1981 as a verb, though the greeting itself seems to be older (e.g. Dick Shawn in "The Producers," 1968). In reference to the five fingers of the hand.