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Etymology 1

From Middle English eighte, aught, eahte, ahte, from Old English eahta, from Proto-Germanic *aht?u, from Proto-Indo-European *o?t?w. Cognate with Scots aucht ("eight"), West Frisian acht ("eight"), Dutch acht ("eight"), Low German acht ("eight"), German acht ("eight"), Norwegian åtte ("eight"), Swedish åtta ("eight"), Icelandic átta ("eight"), Latin octo ("eight"), Ancient Greek ? (okt?), Irish ocht ("eight").

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  1. A numerical value equal to 8; the number occurring after seven and before nine.
    • 2009, Stuart Heritage, Hecklerspray, Friday the 22nd of May in 2009 at 1 o'clock p.m., "Jon & Kate Latest: People You Don't Know Do Crap You Don't Care About"
      Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a show based on two facts: 1) Jon and Kate Gosselin have eight children, and 2) the word 'Kate' rhymes with the word 'eight'. One suspects that if Kate were ever to have another child, a shady network executive would urge her to put it in a binbag with a brick and drop it down a well. But this is just a horrifying tangent.
  2. Describing a group or set with eight elements.
    He works eight hours a day.
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eight (plural eights)

  1. The digit/figure 8.
  2. (playing cards) Any of the four cards in a normal deck with the value eight.
  3. (nautical) A light, narrow rowing boat, especially one used in competitive rowing, steered by a cox, in which eight rowers each have two oars.
  4. (rowing, especially in plural) A race in which such craft participate.
  5. (rowing) The eight people who crew a rowing-boat.
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eight (not comparable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of eighth

Etymology 2

See ait.


eight (plural eights)

  1. Alternative spelling of ait (island in a river)
    • (Can we date this quote by Evelyn and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      osiers on their eights

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for eight in
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Middle English



  1. Alternative form of eighte




  1. to eat


  • J. Poole W. Barnes, A Glossary, with Some Pieces of Verse, of the Old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy (1867)

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