[adjective nahyn-fohld; adverb nahyn-fohld]


nine times as great or as much.
having nine elements or parts.


in a ninefold manner or measure; to or by nine times as much: to increase one's income ninefold.

Nearby words

  1. nine-days wonder,
  2. nine-eleven,
  3. nine-spot,
  4. nine-to-five,
  5. ninebark,
  6. ninepence,
  7. ninepenny,
  8. ninepins,
  9. niner,
  10. nines

Origin of ninefold

before 1000; nine + -fold; compare Old English nigonfeald in same sense (not attested in ME) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ninefold

  • Draw now the threefold knot firm on the ninefold bands, And the Law that ye make shall be law after the rule of your lands.

    A Song of the English|Rudyard Kipling
  • It may not be; the unlovely pool locks them in her gloomy wave, and Styx pours her ninefold barrier between.

  • And I praised her ninefold, and could have gone on for an hour.

    Dariel|R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for ninefold



equal to or having nine times as many or as much
composed of nine parts


by or up to nine times as many or as much
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Word Origin and History for ninefold


Old English nigonfeald; see nine + -fold.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper