Definition of six in US 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’
    • ‘There are five or six students living in each house with at least four cars.’
    • ‘Danton was a man of enormous physical stature standing over six feet four inches tall.’
    • ‘Miss Adie, however, has pledged to return to the town in five or six months time to register her support for the project.’
    • ‘In the mail the following week my father received a refund amounting to the equivalent of six months rent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It grows to a height of five to six feet and is an eye-catcher in the garden.’
    • ‘We finally decided on four families, two of whom had five and six children.’
    • ‘A York mother has appeared in court after her daughter attended school only four times in six months.’
    • ‘He is described as about five feet six inches tall with unkempt hair, wearing dirty dark jeans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I believe he's entitled to take five or six months off after what he's achieved this year.’
    • ‘The girl herself was five feet six inches tall, slightly built, with light brown hair.’
    • ‘He was five feet six and three quarter inches tall, with light brown hair grey eyes and an oval visage bearing a light complexion.’
    • ‘Off the living room is an east-facing balcony measuring five feet by six feet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two months has given him what he would normally produce in five or six months.’
    • ‘The Mental Health Review Board must conduct a review between four and six months after instigation of the order.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘New players aged between six and eight years are welcome at the club.’
      • ‘To develop a sense of manliness, boys in rural areas are separated from their mothers at the age of six.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each visitor is allowed a one-hour session on the ice and children have to be more than six years of age.’
      • ‘Silvi started playing badminton at the age of six when she accompanied her father to his training session.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was immersed in music from the age of six, accompanying her folk duo parents as they played gigs in local bars and hotels.’
      • ‘I never believed in God, not even between the ages of six and ten, when I was an agnostic.’
      • ‘At the age of six, Zoe started writing five-minute plays which she made her brothers perform.’
      • ‘In France, tax relief on childcare exists for children up to the age of six.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He milked cows there by hand from the age of six and he began farming there when his father died in 1974.’
      • ‘Born in east London, Lacey was first taken into care at the age of six.’
      • ‘Art and craft classes are commencing in February for children aged over six years.’
      • ‘He learned to ski at the age of six at Hillend, Edinburgh's dry ski slope, where he still trains.’
    3. 1.3 Six o'clock.
      ‘it's half past six’
      • ‘You can walk into a pub at six o'clock on a Friday night and get a seat.’
      • ‘We were all taught never to make a call before six o'clock in the evening.’
      • ‘The idea of a separate six o'clock news bulletin for Scotland has been postponed for some time.’
      • ‘It was six o'clock in the morning and we had just touched down in Karachi airport.’
      • ‘Kirsty was cocoa at nine o'clock and up at six for the gym in the morning.’
      • ‘The movements described are not the stuff of the six o'clock news, but they are huge and hopeful.’
      • ‘We train in the morning at six o'clock, every morning in the camp at home and here as well.’
      • ‘In fact, the order reached the hands of several officers only around six o'clock in the evening.’
      • ‘I see my mother leaving the house before six o'clock and I ask her where she going so early.’
      • ‘I walked down from the office to Oxford Circus, but having not left until half six it was already too late.’
      • ‘It was barely six o'clock and only just beginning to get light outside.’
      • ‘Our city has only one small toilet at the markets and that closes at six o'clock.’
      • ‘It was widely reported in papers around the world and also on the six o'clock news that we had failed.’
      • ‘When he came back to the hotel around six o'clock, there were 300 people following him.’
      • ‘It's six o'clock in his office high above Bus Áras and a solid day of interviews has worn him out.’
      • ‘It was a little after six o'clock in the evening when I woke from my nap.’
      • ‘It was six o'clock and she was saying goodbye to her parents as she ran into the shower.’
      • ‘She used to work round the clock, often starting at two in the morning and finishing at six in the evening.’
      • ‘By six o'clock, we were sheltering from a downpour and gleaning heat from an industrial-size wok in a food tent.’
      • ‘Not a word was spoken and they both went to bed only to rise at six in the morning after a sleepless night.’
    4. 1.4 A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by six.
      • ‘Every once in awhile she liked to remind me of how I hate my size and how she loves her size six self.’
      • ‘Trust me, my sister is a beautiful girl and a size six or even eight is not overweight by any stretch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Needless to say I felt incredibly self-conscious in my five foot three, size six body.’
      • ‘They were a size four and I was a size six and let me tell you that summer was the longest of my life.’
      • ‘It must be very reassuring for women with dress sizes over six to have a celebrity they can identify with.’
    5. 1.5 A playing card or domino with six pips.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


  • at sixes and sevens

    • In a state of total confusion or disarray.

      • ‘Without them we were at sixes and sevens and chasing the game.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Poland are at sixes and sevens, Korea in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘When we left the set we were all at sixes and sevens.’
      • ‘I'm at sixes and sevens on the issue of who is really at fault here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Harold’ is the story of an adolescent young man who is at sixes and sevens with practically everything.’
      • ‘Residents in a Bury street have been left at sixes and sevens after a house numbers mix-up.’
      • ‘Employers are at sixes and sevens and, sadly, parents have no idea of what is going on.’
      • ‘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.

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

    • informal Dead and buried.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If looks could kill, that poor guy would have been six feet under before he even knew about it…’
      • ‘The ghosts of Bollywood just refuse to go six feet under.’
      • ‘Now, personally, I thought we had covered, bashed over the head, and buried this subject six feet under, but apparently not.’
      • ‘In an hour or so, he's going to be buried six feet under forever.’
      • ‘I swear if looks could kill Jane would be six feet under and rolling in her grave.’
      • ‘Now my American Dream is buried six feet under the ground.’
      • ‘He could never be with me again, because he was six feet under.’
      • ‘Don't mess about with rockets and thunder or you'll end up being six feet under.’
      • ‘When I die, I want to be buried, in the ground, six feet under, by myself.’
      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.

      • ‘It sounds like six of one and half a dozen of the other when it comes to deciding which option is more tax-efficient.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The solicitor went on: ‘In many ways 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When we viewed their offer 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.