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[siks] /sɪks/
a cardinal number, five plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 6 or VI.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with six pips.
Cricket. a hit in which the ball crosses the boundary line of the field without a bounce, counting six runs for the batsman.
Compare boundary (def 3).
an automobile powered by a six-cylinder engine.
a six-cylinder engine.
amounting to six in number.
at sixes and sevens,
  1. in disorder or confusion.
  2. in disagreement or dispute.
Origin of six
before 900; Middle English six, sex, Old English siex, syx, seox, sex; cognate with Dutch zes, Low German ses, German sechs, Old Norse sex, Gothic saihs, Latin sex, Greek héx, Sanskrit ṣaṣ Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for six
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  • And six weeks after that I had things in shape so't I was able to leave.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • His expedition, which left Copenhagen in 1761, lasted six years.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • She was seeing, as in a nightmare, the incidents of a night that was hardly six weeks past.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Shot six ducks; great numbers were in the river, also white cockatoos.

  • There were six arches here, of which the two centre ones had a span of 100 ft.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
British Dictionary definitions for six


the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one See also number (sense 1)
a numeral, 6, VI, etc, representing this number
something representing, represented by, or consisting of six units, such as a playing card with six symbols on it
Also called six o'clock. six hours after noon or midnight
(cricket) Also called sixer
  1. a stroke in which the ball crosses the boundary without bouncing
  2. the six runs scored for such a stroke
a division of a Brownie Guide or Cub Scout pack
at sixes and sevens
  1. in disagreement
  2. in a state of confusion
(informal) knock someone for six, to upset or overwhelm someone completely; stun
six of one and half a dozen of the other, six and two threes, a situation in which the alternatives are considered equivalent
  1. amounting to six: six nations
  2. (as pronoun): set the table for six
prefixes hexa- sex-
Word Origin
Old English siex; related to Old Norse sex, Gothic saihs, Old High German sehs, Latin sex, Greek hex, Sanskrit sastha


/French sis/
Les Six (le). a group of six young composers in France, who from about 1916 formed a temporary association as a result of interest in neoclassicism and in the music of Satie and the poetry of Cocteau. Its members were Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc, Georges Auric, Louis Durey, and Germaine Tailleferre
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Word Origin and History for six

Old English siex, six, sex, from Proto-Germanic *sekhs (cf. Old Saxon and Danish seks, Old Norse, Swedish, and Old Frisian sex, Middle Dutch sesse, Dutch zes, Old High German sehs, German sechs, Gothic saihs), from PIE *s(w)eks (cf. Sanskrit sas, Avestan kshvash, Persian shash, Greek hex, Latin sex, Old Church Slavonic sesti, Polish szesc, Russian shesti, Lithuanian szeszi, Old Irish se, Welsh chwech).

Six-shooter, usually a revolver with six chambers, is first attested 1844; six-pack of beverage containers is from 1952, of abdominal muscles by 1995. Six of one and half-a-dozen of the other "little difference" is recorded from 1833. Six-figure in reference to hundreds of thousands (of dollars, etc.) is from 1840. Six feet under "dead" is from 1942.

Phrase at sixes and sevens originally was "hazarding all one's chances," first in Chaucer, perhaps from dicing (the original form was on six and seven); it could be a corruption of on cinque and sice, using the French names (which were common in Middle English) for the highest numbers on the dice. Meaning "at odds, in disagreement or confusion" is from 1785, perhaps via a notion of "left unsettled."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for six

sit up and take notice

verb phrase

To pay attention; become aware; wake up and smell the coffee: Let's do something that'll make him sit up and take notice (1889+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with six
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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