A common shortening of 1980s.
'80s pl (plural only)
- The 1980s.
2004, Neal Pollack, Never Mind the Pollacks: A Rock and Roll Novel, page 205:
- The ’80s were fun, at least for me. With great pride, I can now claim to have been the first mainstream critic on the mailing list of SST Records, writing, of their initial Black Flag issue, "This record, a relentless wall of noise that is never less than noisy, sounds unlike anything else I've heard this year."
the 1980s — see eighties