- nin, anaïs,
- nine ball,
- nine days' wonder,
- nine plus two array,
- nine plus zero array,
- nine worthies
Origin of nine
Examples from the Web for nines
Like the other speakers, Adams recalled a dedicated friend, and one who was always dressed to the nines.
By 5:30 p.m., the band members emerge—dressed to the nines—and assume their position.
It is up to the viewer to respond to who they are and, perhaps, to imagine why they are dressed to the nines.
He was clean-shaven, sweet-smelling, and dressed to the nines.
The two nines were the same as had met a few weeks previously.Baseball Joe on the School Nine|Lester Chadwick
If anyone, it must be the devil who knows where and when the nines will come up, and he is incorruptible on this point.Mammon and Co.|E. F. Benson
Miss Conron had been selling things, and was dressed up to the nines.H.M.S. ----|Klaxon
Both our nines were fired, and, a few seconds after, three cheers arose from the decks of our ship.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
But of course one might do worse than Covent Garden, all the lights and the women dressed up to the nines, and the music.The Trembling of a Leaf|William Somerset Maugham
- amounting to ninenine days
- (as pronoun)nine of the ten are ready
Word Origin for nine
in phrase to the nines "to perfection" (1787) first attested in Burns, apparently preserves the ancient notion of the perfection of the number as three times three (e.g. the nine Muses, etc.
[T]he Book of St. Albans, in the sections on blasonry, lays great stress on the nines in which all perfect things (orders of angels, virtues, articles of chivalry, differences of coat armour, etc.) occur. [Weekley]
No one seems to consider that it might be a corruption and misdivision of to then anes, literally "for the one (purpose or occasion)," a similar construction to the one that yielded nonce (q.v.).
Old English nigen, from Proto-Germanic *niwun (cf. Old Saxon nigun, Old Frisian niugun, Old Norse niu, Swedish nio, Middle Dutch neghen, Dutch negen, Old High German niun, German neun, Gothic niun "nine"), from PIE newn "nine" (cf. Sanskrit nava, Avestan nava, Greek ennea, Albanian nende, Latin novem (with change of -n- to -m- by analogy of septem, decem), Lithuanian devnyi, Old Church Slavonic deveti (the Balto-Slavic forms by dissimilation of -n- to -d-), Old Irish noin, Welsh naw).
Nine to five "the average workday" is attested from 1935. Nine days has been proverbial since 14c. for the time which a wonder or novelty holds attention.
see dressed to kill (to the nines); on cloud nine; possession is nine points of the law; whole nine yards.