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Webster 1913 Edition


Deuce

Deuce

(dūs)
,
Noun.
[F.
deux
two, OF.
deus
, fr. L.
duo
. See
Two
.]
1.
(Gaming)
Two; a card or a die with two spots;
as, the
deuce
of hearts
.
2.
(Tennis)
A condition of the score beginning whenever each side has won three strokes in the same game (also reckoned “40 all”), and reverted to as often as a tie is made until one of the sides secures two successive strokes following a tie or deuce, which decides the game.

Deuce

,
Noun.
[Cf. LL.
dusius
, Armor,
dus
,
teûz
, phantom, specter; Gael.
taibhs
,
taibhse
, apparition, ghost; or fr. OF.
deus
God, fr. L.
deus
(cf.
Deity
).]
The devil; a demon.
[A euphemism, written also
deuse
.]
[Low]

Webster 1828 Edition


Deuce

DEUCE

,
Noun.
Two; a card with two spots; a die with two spots; a term used in gaming.

DEUCE

,
Noun.
A demon. [See Duse.]

Definition 2021


deuce

deuce

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /djuːs/, /d͡ʒuːs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /duːs/
  • Rhymes: -uːs

Noun

deuce (plural deuces)

  1. (card games) A card with two spots, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
  2. (dice games) A side of a die with two spots.
  3. (dice games) A cast of dice totalling two.
  4. The number two.
  5. (tennis) A tie, both players have the same number of points and one can win by scoring two consecutive points.
  6. (baseball) A curveball
  7. A '32 Ford.[1]
  8. (in the plural) 2-barrel (twin-choke) carburetors (in the phrase 3 deuces: an arrangement on a common intake manifold).
  9. (restaurants) A table seating two diners.
  10. (slang) A piece of excrement.
See also
Playing cards in English · playing cards (layout · text)
ace deuce, two three four five six seven
eight nine ten jack queen king joker
Translations

Etymology 2

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

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /djuːs/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /duːs/
  • Rhymes: -uːs

Noun

deuce (plural deuces)

  1. (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)
Translations

References

  • (etymology) deuce in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • Notes:
  1. Geisert, Eric. "The California Spyder", in Street Rodder, 8/99, p.34; Mayall, Joe. "Driving Impression: Reproduction Deuce Hiboy", in Rod Action, 2/78, p.26.

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