Deuce Definition

do͝os, dyo͝os
deuces
noun
deuces
The side of a die bearing two spots, or a throw of the dice totaling two.
Webster's New World
A playing card with two spots.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
Devil; dickens.
What the deuce is he doing?
Webster's New World
An outstanding example, especially of something difficult or bad.
A deuce of a family row.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
ii2twodickensdevil
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verb
To make the score of (a tennis game or set) deuce.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Deuce

Noun

Singular:
deuce
Plural:
deuces

Origin of Deuce

  • Compare Late Latin dusius (“phantom, specter”); Scottish Gaelic taibhs, taibhse (“apparition, ghost”); or from Old French deus (“God”), from Latin deus (compare deity.)

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English deus from Old French two from Latin duōs masculine accusative of duo dwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from Low German duus a throw of two in dice games, bad luck ultimately from Latin duo two deuce1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French deux (“two”), from Old French deus, from Latin duo.

    From Wiktionary

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