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noun, plural sixties.
a cardinal number, ten times six.
a symbol for this number, as 60 or LX.
a set of this many persons or things.
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.
amounting to 60 in number.
like sixty, Informal. with great speed, ease, energy, or zest: Everyone was working like sixty to finish up before the holidays.

before 900; Middle English (adj. and noun), Old English sixtig (adj.); cognate with Dutch zestig, German sechzig, Old Norse sextigir. See six, -ty1 Unabridged
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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
4.  a.  amounting to sixty: sixty soldiers
 b.  (as pronoun): sixty are dead
[Old English sixtig]

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Word Origin & History

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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