Eighty Eight"y, a. [AS. eahtatig, where the ending -tig is akin to English ten; cf. G. achtzig. See {Eight}, and {Ten}.] Eight times ten; fourscore. [1913 Webster]

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  • eighty — [āt′ē] adj. [ME eighteti < OE (hund)eahtatig: see EIGHT & TY2] eight times ten n. pl. eighties the cardinal number between seventy nine and eighty one; 80; LXXX the eighties the numbers or years, as of a century, from eighty through eighty… …   English World dictionary

  • Eighty — Eight y, n. 1. The sum of eight times ten; eighty units or objects. [1913 Webster] 2. A symbol representing eighty units, or ten eight times repeated, as 80 or lxxx. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eighty — eigteti (late 13c.), from EIGHT (Cf. eight) + TY (Cf. ty) (1). Replacing O.E. hundeahtatig, with hund ten. Related: Eightieth …   Etymology dictionary

  • eighty — ► CARDINAL NUMBER (pl. eighties) ▪ ten less than ninety; 80. (Roman numeral: lxxx or LXXX.) DERIVATIVES eightieth ordinal number …   English terms dictionary

  • eighty — noun (plural eighties) Etymology: Middle English eighty, adjective, from Old English eahtatig, short for hundeahtatig, noun, group of eighty, from hund , literally, hundred + eahta eight + tig group of ten; akin to Old English tīen ten Date:… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • eighty — n. & adj. n. (pl. ies) 1 the product of eight and ten. 2 a symbol for this (80, lxxx, LXXX). 3 (in pl.) the numbers from 80 to 89, esp. the years of a century or of a person s life. adj. that amount to eighty. Phrases and idioms: eighty first,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • eighty — [[t]e͟ɪti[/t]] ♦ eighties 1) NUM Eighty is the number 80. Eighty horses trotted up. 2) N PLURAL When you talk about the eighties, you are referring to numbers between 80 and 89. For example, if you are in your eighties, you are aged between 80… …   English dictionary

  • eighty — /ˈeɪti / (say aytee) noun (plural eighties) 1. a cardinal number, ten times eight. 2. a symbol for this number, as 80 or LXXX or XXC. 3. (plural) the numbers from 80 to 89 of a series, especially with reference to the years of a person s age, or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • eighty — /ay tee/, n., pl. eighties, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number, ten times eight. 2. a symbol for this number, as 80 or LXXX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. eighties, the numbers, years, degrees, or the like, from 80 through 89, as in… …   Universalium

  • eighty — eigh|ty [ˈeıti] number [: Old English; Origin: eahtatig, from eahta eight ] 1.) the number 80 2.) the eighties [plural] also the 80s, the 1980s the years from 1980 to 1989 ▪ The band was incredibly successful in the eighties. the early/mid/late… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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