General English


  • noun a shot by the batsman resulting in a score of five runs; specifically, a ball hit over the boundary without bouncing, which, under regulations in force in Australia during the first few years of the 20th century, carried an allowance of five runs
    Citation ‘Braund drove a loose one from Saunders high and straight, the ball landing on top of the bicycle track, almost a fiver’ (Melbourne Argus 15 December 1903)
    Compare fourer, sixer