sixty-nine

noun

six·​ty-nine ˌsiks-tē-ˈnīn How to pronounce sixty-nine (audio)
1
: a number that is one more than 68 see Table of Numbers
2
: mutual cunnilingus and fellatio : mutual fellatio : mutual cunnilingus

Examples of sixty-nine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web O’Bannon is sixty-nine, and she was dressed in a gray-and-white T-shirt emblazoned with five-pointed stars, jeans, and running shoes. Michael Holtz, The New Yorker, 26 Jan. 2024 Make the room-temperature standard sixty-nine degrees nationally. Meghana Indurti, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2024 But in the second half the offense managed just sixty-nine total yards, and ran only three plays past the fifty-yard line. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2023 In 2008, when Oates was sixty-nine, Smith developed pneumonia. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Wolfe, sixty-nine, a titan of the American theatre, writes and directs plays and films with an exuberance that feels like the product of freedom unfettered by obligation. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2023 In March, South African police opened fire on a crowd of thousands of Black South Africans protesting outside the Sharpeville police station, killing sixty-nine people, including children, and wounding nearly two hundred. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2023 At the time, sixty-nine such paintings are adorning Breitwieser’s attic walls. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sixty-nine was in 1609

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“Sixty-nine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sixty-nine. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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