Origin of tenner
- (in a mixed number) the position of the second digit to the left of the decimal point.
- (in a whole number) the position of the second digit from the right.
Origin of ten
Examples from the Web for tenner
Historical Examples of tenner
Then I get home about three; there's a big row, but I get a tenner for the job.'Australia Revenged
Before the summer I come again and say, “Give me 49another tenner, and I'll be obliged.”The Power of Darkness
She was excited no doubt by thoughts of the race, and of the 'tenner' he was going to put on for her.The Dark Flower
So that if a chestnut was a fiver, and it beat a tenner, it became at one leap a fifteener.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys
Sir Charles, please put me a tenner each way on the favourite.Mr. Punch's Book of Sport
- a ten-pound note
- the sum of ten pounds
- amounting to tenten tigers
- (as pronoun)to sell only ten
Word Origin for ten
Old English ten (Mercian), tien (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *tekhan (cf. Old Saxon tehan, Old Norse tiu, Danish ti, Old Frisian tian, Old Dutch ten, Dutch tien, Old High German zehan, German zehn, Gothic taihun "ten").
The Germanic words are from PIE *dekm (cf. Sanskrit dasa, Avestan dasa, Armenian tasn, Greek deka, Latin decem, Old Church Slavonic deseti, Lithuanian desimt, Old Irish deich, Breton dek, Welsh deg, Albanian djetu "ten").
Tenner "ten-pound note" is slang first recorded 1861; as "ten-dollar bill," 1887 (ten-spot in this sense dates from 1848). The ten-foot pole that you wouldn't touch something with (1909) was originally a 40-foot pole; the idea is the same as the advice to use a long spoon when you dine with the devil. Ten-four "I understand, message received," is attested in popular jargon from 1962, from use in CB and police radio 10-code (in use in U.S. by 1950).
see count to ten; not touch with a ten-foot pole.