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sixty

[siks-tee]
noun, plural sixties.
1.
a cardinal number, ten times six.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 60 or LX.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
sixties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 60 through 69, as in referring to numbered streets, indicating the years of a lifetime or of a century, or noting degrees of temperature: Her grandfather is in his late sixties. The temperature is in the low sixties.
adjective
5.
amounting to 60 in number.
Idioms
6.
like sixty, Informal. with great speed, ease, energy, or zest: Everyone was working like sixty to finish up before the holidays.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English (adj. and noun), Old English sixtig (adj.); cognate with Dutch zestig, German sechzig, Old Norse sextigir. See six, -ty1

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sixty (ˈsɪkstɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  See also number the cardinal number that is the product of ten and six
2.  a numeral, 60, LX, etc, representing sixty
3.  something represented by, representing, or consisting of 60 units
 
determiner
4.  a.  amounting to sixty: sixty soldiers
 b.  (as pronoun): sixty are dead
 
[Old English sixtig]

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sixty
O.E. sixtig, from siex (see six) + -tig (see -ty (1)). Phrase sixty-four dollar question is 1942, from radio quiz show where that was the top prize. Sixty-nine in sexual sense is first attested 1888, as a transl. of Fr. faire soixante neuf, lit. "to do 69."
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