Meaning of eighty in English:


Pronunciation /ˈeɪti/

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    (also lxxx, LXXX)
    Equivalent to the product of eight and ten; ten less than ninety; 80.

    ‘eighty miles north’
    • ‘a buffet for eighty’
    • ‘eighty of the nurses fled’
    • ‘By the eve of the Revolution, eighty to ninety percent of rural households owned spinning wheels, and almost half owned looms.’
    • ‘I think it's about eighty or ninety years old at most, but it has an extremely unusual quality.’
    • ‘I read somewhere that a child, whose parents both smoke twenty a day, has inhaled the equivalent of eighty cigarettes worth of passive smoke in one year.’
    • ‘There is little interest in classical communitarian living, and most of the eighty to ninety staff members now live off the site in conventional nuclear family units.’
    • ‘Had about eighty or ninety people there, ready to laugh.’
    • ‘The fish had probably taken some eighty or ninety yards of line in its first rush, then kited to my left.’
    • ‘If they come to you and say, ‘we'll give you a million dollars for eighty percent of the company’ - then you don't have a company any more.’
    • ‘I paid eighty dollars to go to a concert on my own.’
    • ‘The New Zealand Government has announced a new Arts, Culture And Heritage package worth eighty million dollars.’
    • ‘Apparently international crude oil prices continue to soar and are expected to hover around the eighty dollars a barrel mark.’
    • ‘When we left the precinct the detective said they would reimburse us the eighty dollars.’
    • ‘‘I had eighty dollars with me,’ she said practically in tears.’
    • ‘In the early '80's, the few major studio releases available on videotape usually cost about eighty dollars.’
    • ‘They were black-handled scissors, the kind that you bought for eighty dollars and could cut through bricks with.’
    • ‘Menard lies only eighty miles north of the New Madrid Fault system that extends southward from Cairo, Illinois.’
    • ‘Per capita income is estimated to be less than eighty dollars a year.’
    • ‘We kept walking, and ended up spending about eighty dollars on school stuff.’
    • ‘Driving at eighty miles per hour wasn't something new for him.’
    • ‘Travelling at the rate of over eighty miles per hour, all I could hear was thunderous air rushing pass my ears.’
    • ‘The only reason anyone would work sixty or eighty hours a week would be to pay off a credit card or some similar emergency.’
    1. 1.1eightiesThe numbers from 80 to 89, especially the years of a century or of a person's life.
      ‘his grandmother was in her eighties’
      • ‘During the eighties he found himself seconded to the new ambulance control room, in Preston.’
      • ‘It was in the eighties that underworld characters in the movies began to look more realistic.’
      • ‘There had been a change in the nature of unemployment since the early eighties.’
      • ‘Anyone that remembers the eighties is encouraged to come along and relive the good old times.’
      • ‘Jimmy, who was in his eighties, was a well known and popular character in the area over the years.’
      • ‘Carnival was a big thing in the seventies and early eighties - as it is these days, except in a different way.’
      • ‘A person in their eighties is a thousand times more likely to develop cancer than someone in their thirties.’
      • ‘The reunion has taken place regularly every two years and was initiated in the mid eighties.’
      • ‘Sadie, who was in her eighties, was a lady with an outgoing and friendly personality.’
      • ‘My grandmother is in her eighties, regularly touches up her roots, and still looks very glamorous.’
      • ‘She is in her early eighties and wheelchair bound.’
      • ‘Right into his eighties he was producing painting after painting, entire series of etchings.’
      • ‘For someone approaching his eighties he is so full of life - a real inspiration.’
      • ‘He was in his early eighties and spent most of his life abroad, but made regular visits home.’
      • ‘I am in my early seventies and my husband is in his late eighties.’
      • ‘How strange it must have been to live here in the late eighties.’
      • ‘In the late eighties, he introduced quality control standards to a sceptical industry.’
      • ‘The largest number of persons with dementia occurs in people in their early eighties.’
      • ‘From the early eighties, we started thinking about organizing on a European level.’
      • ‘But somehow all their best stuff seems to be from the mid eighties.’
    2. 1.2Eighty years old.
      ‘he was over eighty at the time’
      • ‘Cartoon Art Classes take place every Saturday from 10 to 11.30 a.m. for ages eight to eighty.’
      • ‘I found that he had died in 1988 at the age of eighty.’
      • ‘He passed away in 1996, near the age of eighty, but was a strong, feisty man.’
      • ‘Along the route, I spotted children as young as two on baby-seats on the back of their parents bikes as well as adults up to the age of eighty on their own.’
      • ‘Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen’
      • ‘At age eighty, he began to focus on a new challenge.’
      • ‘Should I so decide to challenge my brain, The College caters for students; ages from twelve to eighty, so I would fit in there somewhere.’
      • ‘A man of a guessable age of eighty sat at a desk stacked high with papers.’
      • ‘He was a cross-country skier until the age of eighty.’
      • ‘Bruce says he'll take anyone from the age of eight to eighty if they're keen.’
      • ‘It may be time to require that a future pontiff who reaches the age of eighty be required to resign.’
      • ‘At the age of eighty, she ventured into a new exercise of her faculties by writing a novel.’
      • ‘At the ripe old age of eighty Buddha prepared his disciples for his death and quietly died at night.’
    3. 1.3Eighty miles an hour.
      ‘roaring down the highway doing eighty’
      • ‘When we got in the jeep he sped about eighty down the highway.’
      • ‘You should've seen her last night, driving at seventy miles per hour going on eighty, blasting rock music.’
      • ‘He pushed the speed up to eighty on a forty mile road.’
      • ‘She was going eighty, ninety; the adrenaline quickly taking over.’
      • ‘She sped up, hitting eighty, then ninety, gaining distance the entire time.’
      • ‘Eric's gut was burning as he scanned the ticket, registering the two hundred dollar fine for going eighty.’


Old English hunde(a)htatig, from hund (of uncertain origin) + e(a)hta ‘eight’ + -tig (see -ty); the first element was lost early in the Middle English period.