An example of a deuce on a playing card is the two of hearts.
- a playing card with two spots
- the side of a die bearing two spots, or a throw of the dice totaling two
Origin of deuce< Fr à deux de jeu a tie score (in tennis, 40 each, or any tie score beyond this), after which one player or side must score two successive points to win the game
Origin of deuceMiddle English deus, dewes ; from Old French deus ; from Classical Latin duos, accusative of duo, two
Origin of deuceMiddle English dewes, two in dice or cards, confused with dewes, God ; from Old French dieu and amp; Classical Latin deus (see deity): meaning in reference to low score at dice
- The devil: “Love is a bodily infirmity &ellipsis; which breaks out the deuce knows how or why” (William Makepeace Thackeray).
- An outstanding example, especially of something difficult or bad: a deuce of a family row.
- A severe reprimand or expression of anger: got the deuce for being late.
- Used as an intensive: What the deuce were they thinking of?
Origin of deuceProbably from Low German duus, a throw of two in dice games, bad luck, ultimately from Latin duo, two; see deuce1.
- a. A playing card having two spots or the side of a die bearing two pips.b. A cast of dice totaling two.
- A tied score in tennis in which each player or side has 40 points, or 5 or more games, and one player or side must win 2 successive points to win the game, or 2 successive games to win the set.
transitive verbdeuced, deuc·ing, deuc·es
Origin of deuceMiddle English deus, from Old French, two, from Latin du&omacron;s, masculine accusative of duo; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- (card games) A card with two spots, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
- (dice) A side of a die with two spots.
- (dice) A cast of dice totalling two.
- The number two.
- (tennis) A tie, both players have the same number of points and one can win by scoring two additional points.
- (baseball) A curveball
- (custom cars) A '32 Ford in plural, 2-barrel (twin-choke) carburetors (in the term 3 deuces, an arrangement on a common intake manifold).
- (restaurants) A table seating two diners.
- (slang) Excrement.
- (epithet) The Devil, used in exclamations of confusion or anger
- Love is a bodily infirmity . . . which breaks out the deuce knows how or why (Thackeray)
Compare Late Latin dusius (“phantom, specter”); Scottish Gaelic taibhs, taibhse (“apparition, ghost”); or from Old French deus (“God”), from Latin deus (compare deity.)