sixty O.E. sixtig, from siex (see SIX (Cf. six)) + -tig (see -TY (Cf. -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 translation of Fr. faire soixante neuf, lit. "to do 69."

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  • sixty — [siks′tē] adj. [ME sixti < OE sixtig: see SIX & TY2] six times ten n. pl. sixties the cardinal number between fifty nine and sixty one; 60; LX the sixties the numbers or years, as of a century, from sixty through sixty nine …   English World dictionary

  • Sixty — Six ty, n.; pl. {Sixties}. 1. The sum of six times ten; sixty units or objects. [1913 Webster] 2. A symbol representing sixty units, as 60, lx., or LX. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sixty — Six ty, a. [AS. siextig; akin to G. sechzig, Goth. sa[ i]hs tigjus. See {Six}, {Ten}, and cf. {Sixteen}.] Six times ten; fifty nine and one more; threescore. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sixty — eight …   English expressions

  • sixty — ► CARDINAL NUMBER (pl. sixties) ▪ ten more than fifty; 60. (Roman numeral: lx or LX.) DERIVATIVES sixtieth ordinal number …   English terms dictionary

  • sixty — n. & adj. n. (pl. ies) 1 the product of six and ten. 2 a symbol for this (60, lx, LX). 3 (in pl.) the numbers from 60 to 69, esp. the years of a century or of a person s life. 4 a set of sixty persons or things. adj. that amount to sixty. Phrases …   Useful english dictionary

  • sixty — noun (plural sixties) Etymology: Middle English, from sixty, adjective, from Old English siextig, noun, group of sixty, from siex six + tig group of ten; akin to Old English tīen ten Date: 14th century 1. see number table 2. plural the numbers 60 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sixty — /siks tee/, n., pl. sixties, adj. n. 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 …   Universalium

  • sixty — [[t]sɪ̱ksti[/t]] ♦ sixties 1) NUM Sixty is the number 60. ...the sunniest April in Britain for more than sixty years. 2) N PLURAL When you talk about the sixties, you are referring to numbers between 60 and 69. For example, if you are in your… …   English dictionary

  • sixty — /ˈsɪksti / (say sikstee) noun (plural sixties) 1. a cardinal number, ten times six. 2. a symbol for this number, as 60 or LX. 3. (plural) the numbers from 60 to 69 of a series, especially with reference to the years of a person s age, or the… …   Australian English dictionary

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