a game played especially in British public schools in which players hit a ball with their hand or a bat against the walls of a court See related entries: Games Culture Fives is played by two or four players. The aim is to make the ball bounce in such a way that the next player makes a mistake. It is a game typically played at public schools such as Eton and Rugby, which each have their own particular versions of the game. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: plural of five used as a singular noun; the significance is unknown.