Definition of nine-to-five in English:

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Used in reference to typical office hours, often to express an idea of predictable routine: a nine-to-five job
More example sentences
  • Either job would offer contact with people and a working day less mundane than a nine-to-five office job.
  • Phil's workplace is enough to make any wage-slave stuck in a nine-to-five office job green with envy.
  • You might have daydreamed for years about being your own boss, running your own business, having visions of chucking in the nine-to-five routine and doing your own thing.


A nine-to-five job.
Example sentences
  • ‘I've done nine-to-fives and there's nothing wrong with them ’, Gervais says, ‘but you don't live to work: you live for the evenings and weekends, and have other ambitions’.
  • ‘We would meet at six o'clock after our nine-to-fives and say: ‘How was your day, honey?’
  • And for the past few weeks Mendez has been running a creative Christmas craft workshop from the boardroom of Cannings Credit Union, where this artsy lady holds down a regular nine-to-five.



Pronunciation: /ˌnʌɪntəˈfʌɪvə/
Example sentences
  • I, for one, have never known a journalist who ended his reporting day at 5pm any more than I know any graphic designers who are nine-to-fivers.
  • The tall lifeless buildings of New York, busy streets and nine-to-fivers faded into non-existence as a closer look revealed a river tucked away between two hills.
  • Shouldn't they be allowed to go for a martini at the end of a long day, just like the nine-to-fivers?

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