Definition of high five in US English:

high five


North American
  • A gesture of celebration or greeting in which two people slap each other's open palm with their arms raised.

    ‘they gave each other an exuberant high five in the middle of the press center’
    • ‘We came in the room slapping high fives and jumping around.’
    • ‘The offenders are no longer laughing and slapping each other high fives.’
    • ‘As the survivors were escorted to the ambulance, we gave each other high fives in celebration of our first rescue.’
    • ‘It is not inconceivable that multitudes of IRS Agents were watching the show, giving each other high fives at the outcome, because, well, no matter who won, so did the IRS.’
    • ‘To see complete strangers embrace each other, to have the streets lined with delirious fans, giving high fives all around - it was something incredible.’
    • ‘At the final whistle the Brazilian team gave each other self-satisfied high fives, which hardly seemed justified considering their performance.’
    • ‘In the East End, through which at least half of the marathon is run, children gathered by the sides of the streets, handing out sweets, water, oranges and giving jubilant high fives.’
    • ‘Kevin cheered and the two gave each other a high five.’
    • ‘His friend slapped him a high five as they both grinned.’
    • ‘The men who'd bet on Raider winning were slapping high fives and opening up yet another case of beer.’
    • ‘Through the midst of the congratulatory handshakes and high fives, he makes his way to where his companions are sitting.’
    • ‘Everyone laughed, and Elizabeth slapped Isabel a high five.’
    • ‘I had this gigantic adrenaline rush even as we all went offstage, the guys slapping me high fives and congratulating me.’
    • ‘Jasmine, who is a bit more affectionate with her father, turns to Kenyatta and slaps him a high five before walking out the house.’
    • ‘The two of them slapped high fives and moved on to the next hole.’
    • ‘Eddie congratulated me, raising his hand up for the high five.’
    • ‘I agreed wholeheartedly, raising my hand for a high five, but Andy left me hanging.’
    • ‘As she got closer, she saw some people giving each other high fives, which showed that they made it.’
    • ‘Along the walls, the young men mill about, giving each other high fives and, in general, doing their utmost to look tough and cool.’
    • ‘Luke walked over to his friends and smiled when they slapped him high fives.’


[with object]North American
  • Greet with a high five.

    • ‘The owners were greeted by hundreds of fans who lined the streets, along with all the players, who were high-fiving the fans.’
    • ‘‘Nice job, man,’ his fellow varsity player Josh said, high-fiving him.’
    • ‘He was a really good player, so it helps having him high-five me and telling me that I did a good job.’
    • ‘His friends high-five him and they run outside.’
    • ‘As one, the Greek defenders start high-fiving each other, while the rest of the team roll around on the ground in paroxysms of mirth.’
    • ‘I was worried about my father having a coronary because he was high-fiving anyone he could find.’
    • ‘We were told that it is customary to high-five the drivers as they come out of the pits.’
    • ‘But investment bankers aren't high-fiving each other just yet.’
    • ‘Our drivers weave us in and out of the city traffic, and out into the villages, where kids line the roads, shouting Hello at us and high-fiving us as we scoot past.’
    • ‘I'll be relieved, but I won't be high-fiving anyone.’
    • ‘When it was over the guards high-fived each other and slammed their chests together like professional basketball players - an odd victory celebration for eight men who took down one prisoner.’
    • ‘My fellow soldiers mobbed me, hugging and high-fiving me as they chanted my name again and again.’
    • ‘We high-fived each other, and, giggling, ordered two more pitchers.’
    • ‘As I gathered my stuff, I could see him high-fiving a few of his friends.’
    • ‘As the autograph-seekers got to Vermeil, I turned for a moment to see former Cardinals head coach Dave McGinnis high-fiving a young boy wearing a blue football jersey.’
    • ‘Clad in a Hawaiian shirt, Johnson moves around the room, high-fiving one supporter and playfully grabbing the lei of another.’
    • ‘He tried high-fiving Sharon, but she quickly moved away.’
    • ‘After going into the locker room when the game ended, the Panthers came back out for a victory lap, high-fiving fans and jumping into the crowd.’
    • ‘In the shade of a sycamore grove, bikers sat cross-legged on idled Harleys, heckling the gapers and high-fiving each other.’
    • ‘Woods yelled and began high-fiving Williams, while spectators did the same with strangers next to them.’


high five

/ˌhī ˈfīv//ˌhaɪ ˈfaɪv/