Meaning of SIX in English


I. ˈsiks adjective

Etymology: Middle English six, sex, adjective & pron., from Old English six, siex, seox; akin to Old High German sehs six, Old Norse sex, Gothic saihs, Latin sex, Greek hex, Sanskrit ṣaṣ

: being one more than five in number

six years

— see number table

II. pronoun, plural in construction

Etymology: Middle English

: six countable persons or things not specified but under consideration and being enumerated

six are here

six were found

III. noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English, from six, adjective & pron.

1. : twice three : three times two


a. : six units or objects

a total of six

b. : a group or set of six

arranged by sixes


a. : the numerable quantity symbolized by the arabic numeral 6

b. : the figure 6

4. : six o'clock — compare bell table, time illustration


a. : a playing card marked to show that it is sixth in a suit

b. : a domino with six spots on one of its halves

c. : a die with six spots on the uppermost side

d. : an article of clothing of the sixth size

wears a six

6. cricket : a hit that counts six runs (as by crossing the boundary before touching the ground) ; also : one from which six runs are scored


a. : a playing team of six members (as in ice hockey)


(1) : a boat rowed by six oars

(2) : a crew of six oarsmen

(3) sixes plural : races for 6-oared boats


a. : an internal-combustion engine having six cylinders

b. : an automobile powered with a six-cylinder engine

9. : the subdivision of six girls in a brownie scout pack in the Girl Guide movement in Britain, Canada, and various other countries

- at sixes and sevens

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