Definition of six in English:


cardinal number

  • 1Equivalent to the product of two and three; one more than five, or four less than ten; 6.

    ‘she's lived here six months’
    ‘six of the people arrested have been charged’
    ‘a six-week tour’
    • ‘A York mother has appeared in court after her daughter attended school only four times in six months.’
    • ‘There are five or six students living in each house with at least four cars.’
    • ‘Two months has given him what he would normally produce in five or six months.’
    • ‘It grows to a height of five to six feet and is an eye-catcher in the garden.’
    • ‘I believe he's entitled to take five or six months off after what he's achieved this year.’
    • ‘The amount is equivalent to more than six months wages for a lot of workers.’
    • ‘The baby's job is to double her birth weight in the first four to six months after birth.’
    • ‘After five or six numbers he just packed his guitar in its case and walked off stage.’
    • ‘From then on, each Irish adult will be allowed the equivalent of six pints per week, or four glasses of wine.’
    • ‘We finally decided on four families, two of whom had five and six children.’
    • ‘The Mental Health Review Board must conduct a review between four and six months after instigation of the order.’
    • ‘In the mail the following week my father received a refund amounting to the equivalent of six months rent.’
    • ‘The girl herself was five feet six inches tall, slightly built, with light brown hair.’
    • ‘Miss Adie, however, has pledged to return to the town in five or six months time to register her support for the project.’
    • ‘It was time to get a public debate going on the metro as the final decision will be taken on the project in the next five to six months.’
    • ‘Danton was a man of enormous physical stature standing over six feet four inches tall.’
    • ‘Off the living room is an east-facing balcony measuring five feet by six feet.’
    • ‘He is described as about five feet six inches tall with unkempt hair, wearing dirty dark jeans.’
    • ‘He was five feet six and three quarter inches tall, with light brown hair grey eyes and an oval visage bearing a light complexion.’
    • ‘The missing man is described as six feet four inches tall and with an athletic build.’
    1. 1.1 A group or unit of six people or things.
      sextet, sextuplets
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    2. 1.2 Six years old.
      ‘a child of six’
      • ‘Art and craft classes are commencing in February for children aged over six years.’
      • ‘He milked cows there by hand from the age of six and he began farming there when his father died in 1974.’
      • ‘She was immersed in music from the age of six, accompanying her folk duo parents as they played gigs in local bars and hotels.’
      • ‘He learned to ski at the age of six at Hillend, Edinburgh's dry ski slope, where he still trains.’
      • ‘In France, tax relief on childcare exists for children up to the age of six.’
      • ‘Boys and girls in the borough can join the scouts aged as young as six when they are eligible to attend meetings of the beaver scout section.’
      • ‘From the age of six, when he first picked up a guitar he dreamed of being a star, and now that dream could well be realised.’
      • ‘Silvi started playing badminton at the age of six when she accompanied her father to his training session.’
      • ‘The third of four children, he was born in Blackpool but moved south with his family at the age of six to Crawley in Sussex.’
      • ‘Born in east London, Lacey was first taken into care at the age of six.’
      • ‘Each visitor is allowed a one-hour session on the ice and children have to be more than six years of age.’
      • ‘Grandpa told me once that after his first day of school at the age of six his parents decided to take him out of education.’
      • ‘I never believed in God, not even between the ages of six and ten, when I was an agnostic.’
      • ‘Being torn between careers on the day you graduate is every bit as rational as knowing what you want to be from the age of six.’
      • ‘To develop a sense of manliness, boys in rural areas are separated from their mothers at the age of six.’
      • ‘At the age of six, Zoe started writing five-minute plays which she made her brothers perform.’
      • ‘At the age of six, I used to run the few hundred yards from the top of Cartron Hill down to her house for my weekly lesson.’
      • ‘New players aged between six and eight years are welcome at the club.’
      • ‘Children aged from six upwards can log on to the school's computer system before the start of the school day to order their lunch.’
      • ‘John Moran said he knew of a school where there is a waiting list and children would not be accepted until the age of six.’
    3. 1.3 Six o'clock.
      ‘it's half past six’
      • ‘Not a word was spoken and they both went to bed only to rise at six in the morning after a sleepless night.’
      • ‘We were all taught never to make a call before six o'clock in the evening.’
      • ‘It was six o'clock and she was saying goodbye to her parents as she ran into the shower.’
      • ‘We train in the morning at six o'clock, every morning in the camp at home and here as well.’
      • ‘It's six o'clock in his office high above Bus Áras and a solid day of interviews has worn him out.’
      • ‘I walked down from the office to Oxford Circus, but having not left until half six it was already too late.’
      • ‘She used to work round the clock, often starting at two in the morning and finishing at six in the evening.’
      • ‘It was a little after six o'clock in the evening when I woke from my nap.’
      • ‘It was barely six o'clock and only just beginning to get light outside.’
      • ‘The movements described are not the stuff of the six o'clock news, but they are huge and hopeful.’
      • ‘When he came back to the hotel around six o'clock, there were 300 people following him.’
      • ‘By six o'clock, we were sheltering from a downpour and gleaning heat from an industrial-size wok in a food tent.’
      • ‘Kirsty was cocoa at nine o'clock and up at six for the gym in the morning.’
      • ‘The idea of a separate six o'clock news bulletin for Scotland has been postponed for some time.’
      • ‘In fact, the order reached the hands of several officers only around six o'clock in the evening.’
      • ‘You can walk into a pub at six o'clock on a Friday night and get a seat.’
      • ‘I see my mother leaving the house before six o'clock and I ask her where she going so early.’
      • ‘Our city has only one small toilet at the markets and that closes at six o'clock.’
      • ‘It was six o'clock in the morning and we had just touched down in Karachi airport.’
      • ‘It was widely reported in papers around the world and also on the six o'clock news that we had failed.’
    4. 1.4Cricket A hit that reaches the boundary without first striking the ground, scoring six runs.
      ‘he hit a six and seven fours’
      Compare with four
      • ‘He cracked seven fours and two sixes, reaching his half-century off 35 balls.’
      • ‘Greenwood decided to try to knock the visitors out of the ground and hit five sixes and five fours in his innings.’
      • ‘They scored at more than five an over throughout, their batsmen hitting 10 sixes and 54 fours in 79.2 overs.’
      • ‘Sri Lanka school's under 19 player Rashan Pieris scored 85 with five sixes and ten boundaries.’
      • ‘If you bowl a bad ball, you are going to get smacked for a boundary or a six.’
    5. 1.5 A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by six.
      • ‘It must be very reassuring for women with dress sizes over six to have a celebrity they can identify with.’
      • ‘It was during my unsuccessful attempt to buy a cotton skirt in an American department store that I was told my hips were too large to fit into a size six.’
      • ‘They were a size four and I was a size six and let me tell you that summer was the longest of my life.’
      • ‘Trust me, my sister is a beautiful girl and a size six or even eight is not overweight by any stretch.’
      • ‘Every once in awhile she liked to remind me of how I hate my size and how she loves her size six self.’
      • ‘Needless to say I felt incredibly self-conscious in my five foot three, size six body.’
    6. 1.6 A playing card or domino with six pips.
      • ‘The game uses a double six domino set, but other sets can also be used when you have more players.’
      • ‘Thus a red six is placed on a black seven, a black ten on a red jack, and so on.’
      • ‘Before play begins, the players look at their cards and if they have any sixes, they give them to the player who has that suit as trumps.’
      • ‘For example an attacker might begin by playing two sixes, rather than playing one six, waiting for it to be beaten or picked up, and then producing the other six.’
    7. 1.7 A group of six Brownies or Cubs.
    8. 1.8the Six
      another name for Les Six


  • at sixes and sevens

    • In a state of total confusion or disarray.

      ‘everything is at sixes and sevens here’
      • ‘Residents in a Bury street have been left at sixes and sevens after a house numbers mix-up.’
      • ‘Poland are at sixes and sevens, Korea in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘I'm at sixes and sevens on the issue of who is really at fault here.’
      • ‘‘Harold’ is the story of an adolescent young man who is at sixes and sevens with practically everything.’
      • ‘Cardarelli took the man-of-the-match award but it was assistant coach Gallant who had London at sixes and sevens all night, brilliant both offensively and defensively.’
      • ‘When we left the set we were all at sixes and sevens.’
      • ‘Employers are at sixes and sevens and, sadly, parents have no idea of what is going on.’
      • ‘Without them we were at sixes and sevens and chasing the game.’
      • ‘The students played as if they had been a little too festive over the break and were at sixes and sevens for most of the match.’
      • ‘If we were left at sixes and sevens, our effectiveness as an association would have been seriously damaged.’
      chaotic, disorganized, disordered, disorderly, untidy, messy, jumbled, muddled, confused, unsystematic, irregular, cluttered, littered
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  • knock (or hit) someone for six

    • informal Utterly surprise or overcome someone.

      ‘this business has knocked her for six’
      • ‘My mother's death, in June 2000, really knocked him for six.’
      • ‘I'm not a publicity minded guy, so it's really knocked me for six.’
      • ‘The clocks changing has knocked me for six - I'm perky as anything in the morning, but come afternoon I feel like I've been hit by a brick wall.’
      • ‘The sexual innuendo is so utterly out of left field that it knocks you for six.’
      • ‘My marriage had gone through a bad time and that knocked me for six.’
      • ‘To be told by someone you had only just met that it wouldn't work knocked me for six.’
      • ‘I take each day as it comes but it knocks you for six.’
      • ‘She is one in a million, such a lively and positive person, and this knocked her for six.’
      • ‘I am very angry if they put a ban on my business, it will knock me for six.’
      • ‘When you are just starting out in life you have got it all to do and it just knocked her for six.’
      amaze, astonish, dumbfound, stagger, surprise, startle, stun, stupefy, daze, nonplus
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  • six feet under

    • informal Dead and buried.

      ‘Sam could have reported us, but now he's six feet under, we're safe’
      • ‘When I die, I want to be buried, in the ground, six feet under, by myself.’
      • ‘She had harboured a hope that she could still get back together with Jake, but all hopes of that were dead and buried six feet under right now.’
      • ‘I swear if looks could kill Jane would be six feet under and rolling in her grave.’
      • ‘In an hour or so, he's going to be buried six feet under forever.’
      • ‘If looks could kill, that poor guy would have been six feet under before he even knew about it…’
      • ‘Now, personally, I thought we had covered, bashed over the head, and buried this subject six feet under, but apparently not.’
      • ‘The ghosts of Bollywood just refuse to go six feet under.’
      • ‘He could never be with me again, because he was six feet under.’
      • ‘Now my American Dream is buried six feet under the ground.’
      • ‘Don't mess about with rockets and thunder or you'll end up being six feet under.’
      dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away
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  • six of one and half a dozen of the other

    • Used to convey that there is little real difference between two alternatives.

      ‘you blame me, I blame you—it was six of one and half a dozen of the other’
      • ‘I made numerous trips to the school where I had to pre-book an appointment with the head only to be told it had been dealt with or that it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
      • ‘When we viewed their offer it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
      • ‘It's six of one and half a dozen of the other for Harry.’
      • ‘The trouble is that it always seems to be a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
      • ‘It sounds like six of one and half a dozen of the other when it comes to deciding which option is more tax-efficient.’
      • ‘I think they both have their traumatic aspects and they both have their good aspects, about six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
      • ‘The solicitor went on: ‘In many ways it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.’’
      • ‘On some issues of conscience it is six of one and half a dozen of the other.’


Old English siex, six, syx, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zes and German sechs, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sex and Greek hex.