nine-to-five

[ nahyn-tuh-fahyv ]
/ ˈnaɪn təˈfaɪv /

adjective Informal.

of, relating to, or during the workday, especially the hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when offices are characteristically open for business: the nine-to-five grind.
of, reflecting, or exhibiting a lack of willingness to work beyond the required amount of time or with more than minimal effort: With your nine-to-five mentality, you'll never get a promotion.

Nearby words

  1. nine worthies,
  2. nine-banded armadillo,
  3. nine-days wonder,
  4. nine-eleven,
  5. nine-spot,
  6. ninebark,
  7. ninefold,
  8. ninepence,
  9. ninepenny,
  10. ninepins

Origin of nine-to-five

First recorded in 1955–60

Related formsnine-to-fiv·er, noun

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