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sixty

[siks-tee] /ˈsɪks ti/
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
900
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 years of government-funded basic research has set up a potential revolution in our approach to disease.
  • In accordance to his will, sixty beggars followed his casket.
  • Since then, sixty different newspapers and over thirty magazines have been published.
  • sixty percent of the industry market belongs to food production.
British Dictionary definitions for sixty

sixty

/ˈsɪkstɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and six See also number (sense 1)
2.
a numeral, 60, LX, etc, representing sixty
3.
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 60 units
determiner
4.
  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

six-pack

noun
  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+)
verb

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

Related Terms

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]


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