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[siks-tee] /ˈsɪks ti/
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.
Origin of sixty
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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  • We found that sixty or sixty-five had perished during the night.

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • He looked back sixty years, and said it was time to give up.

  • I've lived here for sixty years and I've never been on the pond yet.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • We formed a partnership, with a capital of sixty thousand dollars.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Mr. Skinner is not going to fail for want of sixty dollars, is he?

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for sixty


noun (pl) -ties
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and six See also number (sense 1)
a numeral, 60, LX, etc, representing sixty
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 60 units
  1. amounting to sixty: sixty soldiers
  2. (as pronoun): sixty are dead
Word Origin
Old English sixtig
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Word Origin and History for sixty

Old English sixtig, from siex (see six) + -tig (see -ty (1)). Cf. Old Norse sextugr, sextögr, sextigir, Old Frisian sextich, Middle Dutch sestig, Dutch zestig, Old High German sehszug, German sechzig. Phrase sixty-four dollar question is 1942, from radio quiz show where that was the top prize.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sixty



  1. Three performances a day for two days: Fridays and Saturdays he has three [shows], the two days' stint known as a six-pack (1970s+ Circus)
  2. A set of six photographs from which a witness is asked to identify a suspect (1990s+ Police)
  3. Any set of six (1970s+)


: elevates in a spray of sand, and ''sixpacks'' her opponents, spiking the ball so savagely that it knocks the defender down (1990s+ Beach volleyball)

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joe six-pack

[fr a set of cans or bottles of beverage, most notably of beer, sold as a unit; the term is found by 1952]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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